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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

Etymologies

French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia, skirmish; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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