The scoundrel grabbed the elderly woman's purse but he was caught by good samaritans further down the street.
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" (EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica 1911).