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skelm

/ˈskɛləm/
noun
1.
(South African, informal) a villain or crook
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n.

also skellum, "a rascal, scamp, scoundrel," 1610s, from Dutch schelm, from German schelm "rascal, devil, pestilence, etc.," from Old High German scelmo. Used by Dryden, but "Now arch. (except in S.Africa)" [OED].

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