Definitions

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  • n. A mean fellow; a wretch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mean fellow; a wretch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fellow; especially, a mean fellow; a wretch.

Etymologies

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Compare Old French escrouselle a kind of vermin, escrouelles, plural, scrofula, French écrouelles, from (assumed) Latin scrofulae. See scrofula, and compare cruels.

Examples

  • “Hang him, foul scroyle, let him pass,” said the mercer;

    Kenilworth

  • "Hang him, foul scroyle, let him pass," said the mercer; "if he be such

    Kenilworth

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  • Amid the political moil

    Republicans strive to be loyal,

    But this sorry fettle

    Will sure test their mettle,

    For Jumbo has spawned them a scroyle.

    August 6, 2016