The definition of a scoundrel is a villain or a dishonest, wicked or mischievous person.(noun)
The town thief who is always stealing from the local stores is an example of a scoundrel.
See scoundrel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: prob. a disparaging dim. < Anglo-Fr escoundre (for OFr escondre), to abscond < VL *scondere, aphetic for L abscondere, abscond
See scoundrel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Origin unknown.
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