Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rogue; a rascal; a low, worthless fellow.
“Company officials were more worried that "the fugitive good-for-nothing [schelm] Tingbin could become for Chenggong an instrument dangerous to the company, since he has a very good knowledge of our situation on Formosa and will not hesitate to use it in order to gain Chenggong's good graces.”
“So I had got a pretty trade on foot within the last two trips; but that stupid houndsfoot schelm, Brown, has knocked it on the head again, I suppose, with getting himself shot by the colonel-man.”
“And you can give yourself to any dirty verdoemte schelm of an Engelschman you please, for I will have none of you!”
“Had some rascally schelm not stabbed my horse I should have swept your head off as a boy cuts thistles mit a stick. ”
“Where is that _schelm_, Jantje, and why is he not feeding the fires?”
“So I had got a pretty trade on foot within the last two trips; but that stupid hounds-foot schelm, Brown, has knocked it on the head again, I suppose, with getting himself shot by the colonel-man. ”
“I did but fly the falcon I had brought with me from Scotland, and that I reckoned on for bringing me into some note, at a heron near Peronne, and the rascally schelm”
“Of her parents he knew nothing, except that "her father must have been a damned hundsfoot, and a schelm, for selling his own flesh and blood to Adrian Brackel;" for by such a transaction had the mountebank become possessed of his pupil.”
“I will relieve the schelm, with a vengeance!" said Wilkin”
“You may if you will," replied Wilkin, "but if they return you any answer save by signs, you shall call me _schelm_.”
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