from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stock character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime, depicted as a boastful coward or buffoon.
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- proper n. Alternative form of Scaramouche.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A personage in the old Italian comedy (derived from Spain) characterized by great boastfulness and poltroonery; hence, a person of like characteristics; a buffoon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A buffoon in Italian comedy and farce, a cowardly braggadocio who is beaten by Harlequin. The character is often adopted in masquerades, with a dress usually of black, and grotesquely ornamented.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward
French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia, skirmish; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)