American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic A contemptible fellow; a rascal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A testicle.
- n. A round or bulbous root; an orchis; specifically, in plural form (cullions), the standerwort, Orchis mascula.
- n. A mean wretch; a low or despicable fellow.
- n. Testicle.
- n. A vile person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mean wretch; a base fellow; a poltroon; a scullion.
- From Middle English coillon, from Old French coillon ("testicle"; also, "a vile fellow, coward, dupe"), from Latin coleus ("a leather bag, the scrotum"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English coilon, testicle, from Old French coillon, from Latin culleus, bag. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Countess Isabelle of Croye, and a better husband to her than Campobasso, who is a base Italian cullion! —”
“ Their wives and loveliest daughters constuprated by every base cullion, as Sejanus 'daughter was by the hangman in public, before their fathers and husbands' faces.”
“Stupid cullion — how dare you aspire to know the Beaconfolk?”
““The house of Ravenswood was ance a gude and an honourable house in this land,” said an old man; “but it’s lost its credit this day, and the Master has shown himself no better than a greedy cullion.””
“The old man clutched the young painter's arm and said, "Do you see nothing? clodpatel Huguenot! varlet! cullion!”
“Master has shown himself no better than a greedy cullion. ”
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