Word Origin & History
"low-ranking domestic servant who performs menial kitchen tasks," late 15c., perhaps from M.Fr. escouillon "a swab, cloth," dim. of escouve "broom, twig," from L. scopa (pl. scopæ) "broom," related to scapus "shaft, stem." Or an alteration of O.Fr. souillon "scullion," by influence of scullery.