Skellum meaning

skeləm
A rascal; rogue; scamp.
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Robert Burns, Tam O' Shanter (lines 17-22)

O Tam! had'st thou but been sae wise,As taen thy ain wife Kate's advice!She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum,A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum;That frae November till October,Ae market-day thou was na sober.

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Origin of skellum

  • From Danish schelm, from Middle Low German; cognate to German Schelm.

    From Wiktionary