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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots A rascal; a rogue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A scoundrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A scoundrel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scoundrel; a worthless fellow.


Dutch schelm, from Low German, from Middle Low German.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Danish schelm, from German Schelm. (Wiktionary)



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