schelm

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch schelm.

Noun[edit]

schelm (plural schelms)

  1. A villain capable of any evil.
    • 1823, Walter Scott, Waverley Novels: Peveril of the Peak:
      Of her parents he knew nothing, except that "her father must have been a damned hundsfoot, and a schelm for selling his own flesh and blood to Adrian Brackel"

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

schelm m (plural schelmen, diminutive schelmpje n)

  1. (originally) rogue, scoundrel, fiend
  2. (figuratively) imp, prankster, rascal

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