Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rogue; a rascal; a low, worthless fellow.

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Examples

  • 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."

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • 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.

    Chapter XXXIV

  • And you can give yourself to any dirty verdoemte schelm of an Engelschman you please, for I will have none of you!

    The Dop Doctor

  • Had some rascally schelm not stabbed my horse I should have swept your head off as a boy cuts thistles mit a stick. '

    Micah Clarke His Statement as made to his three grandchildren Joseph, Gervas and Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734

  • Where is that _schelm_, Jantje, and why is he not feeding the fires?

    The Adventures of Dick Maitland A Tale of Unknown Africa

  • 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. '

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • 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

    Quentin Durward

  • 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.

    Peveril of the Peak

  • "I will relieve the schelm, with a vengeance!" said Wilkin

    The Betrothed

  • "You may if you will," replied Wilkin, "but if they return you any answer save by signs, you shall call me _schelm_."

    The Betrothed

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