skellum

noun skel·lum \ ˈskeləm \

Definition of skellum

plural -s
chiefly Scottish
:scoundrel, scamp, rascal
  • that skellum of a boy

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Origin and Etymology of skellum

Dutch schelm, from Low German, from Middle Low German, scoundrel, corpse, carrion; akin to Old High German skelmo person deserving death, scalmo pestilence, corpse, and probably to Lithuanian skelti to split


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