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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A terrible or repulsive person.

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  • A blond plus a hero and humgruffin
    And all of the terror he could stuff in,
    But the true Hitchcockian
    Suspenseful concoction
    Didn't bubble without the MacGuffin.

    September 30, 2014

  • I vote "The Devil's Dinner-Party" BEST.SUBTITLE.EVER

    April 13, 2009

  • Love it!

    October 27, 2007

  • hee, hee!

    October 27, 2007

  • humgruffin: a terrible person

    Usage example:

    The Demoniac crowd
    In an instant seem'd cowed,
    Not one of the crew volunteer'd a reply,
    All shrunk from the glance of that keen-flashing eye,
    Save one horrid humgruffin, who seemed by his talk,
    And the airs he assumed, to be Cock of the walk,
    He quailed not before it, but saucily met it,
    And as saucily said, 'Don't you wish you may get it?'

    THE LAY OF ST. CUTHBERT; OR THE DEVIL'S DINNER-PARTY:
    A LEGEND OF THE NORTH COUNTREE.

    (The Ingoldsby legends)

    October 27, 2007