"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[skoun-druh l] /ˈskaʊn drəl/
an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.
mean or base in nature; villainous; unprincipled; dishonorable.
Origin of scoundrel
1580-90; origin uncertain
1. scamp, rapscallion, miscreant. See knave. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for scoundrel
  • The scoundrel who killed her made good his escape eight full hours before the police had any knowledge of the crime.
  • In public life or private life, that is a word a scoundrel will not utter.
  • Some scoundrel placed a telegraph pole across the track, which caused the disaster.
  • Try to insult other people with acrimonious fancy talk is the last refuge of the coward scoundrel.
  • Frankly, society probably improves when capital is reallocated from a fool to a scoundrel.
  • Some local scoundrel had called the animal extermination league or something, and they vanished.
  • Steal a dollar, and get thrown behind bars as a scoundrel.
  • Lobo tears the villain's clothes to shreds, and eventually causes the wolves to give chase to this scoundrel.
  • There's something ancient and real about it, and in a scoundrel's sort of way there's something honest, too.
British Dictionary definitions for scoundrel


a worthless or villainous person
Derived Forms
scoundrelly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for scoundrel

1580s, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-French escoundre (Old French escondre) "to hide, hide oneself," from Vulgar Latin *excondere, from Latin condere "to hide" (see abscond). The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for scoundrel

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scoundrel

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with scoundrel