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Scaramouch

[skar-uh-mouch, -moosh] /ˈskær əˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuʃ/
noun
1.
a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened.
2.
(lowercase) a rascal or scamp.
Also, Scaramouche.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < French Scaramouche < Italian Scaramuccia, proper use of scaramuccia skirmish (applied in jest); of Germanic orig.
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Scaramouch

/ˈskærəˌmaʊtʃ; -ˌmuːtʃ/
noun
1.
a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce
Word Origin
C17: via French from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia a skirmish
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