Scaramouch Scar"a*mouch`, n. [F. scaramouche, It. scaramuccio, scaramuccia, originally the name of a celebrated Italian comedian; cf. It. scaramuccia, scaramuccio, F. escarmouche, skirmish. Cf. {Skirmish}.] A personage in the old Italian comedy (derived from Spain) characterized by great boastfulness and poltroonery; hence, a person of like characteristics; a buffoon. [1913 Webster]

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  • Scaramouch — [skar′ə mo͞osh΄, skar′əmo͞och΄] n. [Fr Scaramouche < It Scaramuccia, lit., a SKIRMISH] 1. a stock character in old Italian comedy, depicted as a braggart and poltroon 2. [s ] a boastful coward or rascal …   English World dictionary

  • scaramouch — or scaramouche noun Etymology: French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia skirmish Date: 1662 1. capitalized a stock character in the Italian commedia dell arte that burlesques the Spanish don and is characterized by… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Scaramouch — /skar euh mowch , moohsh /, n. 1. a stock character in commedia dell arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened. 2. (l.c.) a rascal or scamp. Also, Scaramouche. [1655 65; < F Scaramouche < It Scaramuccia, proper use… …   Universalium

  • Scaramouch — n. character portrayed as being a shady and untrustworthy servant in Italian theater adj. shady, untrustworthy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scaramouch — [ skarəmaʊtʃ, mu:tʃ] noun archaic a boastful but cowardly person. Origin C17: from Ital. Scaramuccia, the name of a stock character in Ital. farce, from scaramuccia skirmish …   English new terms dictionary

  • scaramouch — n. 1. Buffoon, harlequin, clown, zany. 2. Poltroon, braggadocio, braggart …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • scaramouch — scar·a·mouch …   English syllables

  • Scaramouch — Scar•a•mouch or Scar•a•mouche [[t]ˈskær əˌmaʊtʃ, ˌmuʃ[/t]] n. sbz a stock character in commedia dell arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily vanquished • Etymology: 1655–65; < F Scaramouche < It Scaramuccia, proper use of… …   From formal English to slang

  • Scaramouch — /ˈskærəmuʃ/ (say skaruhmoohsh), / mutʃ/ (say moohch), / maʊtʃ/ (say mowch) noun 1. a stock character in Italian comedy and farce, a cowardly braggart who is constantly beaten by Harlequin. 2. (lower case) a rascal or scamp. Also, Scaramouche.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Scaramouch — n. archaic a boastful coward; a braggart. Etymology: It. Scaramuccia stock character in Italian farce f. scaramuccia = SKIRMISH, infl. by F form Scaramouche …   Useful english dictionary

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