A stock character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime, depicted as a boastful coward or buffoon.
A stock character in old Italian comedy, depicted as a braggart and poltroon.
A boastful coward or rascal.
Origin of scaramouch
- French Scaramouche from Italian Scaramuccia from scaramuccia skirmish sker-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition