1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Scoundrel
|←Scott, Winfield||1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 24
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SCOUNDREL, a rogue, a rascal. Etymologists have referred the word to various sources; but Skeat (Etym. Dict.) refers it to the provincial or Scottish scunner (O. Eng. scunian, to shun), to shrink back in fear or loathing.