- The definition of a scoundrel is a villain or a dishonest, wicked or mischievous person.
The town thief who is always stealing from the local stores is an example of a scoundrel.
Origin of scoundrelprobably a disparaging diminutive ; from Anglo-French escoundre (for Old French escondre), to abscond ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form scondere, aphetic for Classical Latin abscondere, abscond
Origin of scoundrelOrigin unknown.
- A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a person without honour or virtue.
Possibly related to northern English or Scottish scunner: "to shrink back in fear or loathing" (Encyclopædia Britannica 1911).