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Definitions for scaramouch
ˈskær əˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuʃscaramouch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Scaramouch, Scaramouchenoun

    a stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scaramouchnoun

    A buffoon in motly dress.

    Etymology: escarmouche, Fr.

    It makes the solemnities of justice pageantry, and the bench reverend poppets, or scaramouches in scarlet. Collier.


  1. Scaramouch

    Scaramouche (French: [skaʁamuʃ]) or Scaramouch (English: ; from Italian Scaramuccia [skaraˈmuttʃa], literally "little skirmisher") is a stock clown character of the 16th-century commedia dell'arte (comic theatrical arts of Italian literature). The role combined characteristics of the Zannicode: ita promoted to code: it (servant) and the Capitano (masked henchman), with some assortment of villainous traits. Usually attired in black Spanish dress and burlesquing a don, he was often beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.


  1. scaramouch

    A scaramouch is a stock character in traditional Italian comedy, the Commedia dell'arte, usually depicted as a boastful, cowardly, yet intelligent fool or buffoon. The term has also come to refer to a cowardly braggart or a person who behaves in a blustering, boastful, or cowardly manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scaramouchnoun

    a personage in the old Italian comedy (derived from Spain) characterized by great boastfulness and poltroonery; hence, a person of like characteristics; a buffoon

  2. Etymology: [F. scaramouche, It. scaramuccio, scaramuccia, originally the name of a celebrated Italian comedian; cf. It. scaramuccia, scaramuccio, F. escarmouche, skirmish. Cf. Skirmish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scaramouch

    skar′a-mowch, n. a buffoon: a bragging, cowardly fellow. [Fr.,—It. Scaramuccia, a famous Italian zany of the 17th century.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Scaramouch

    A character in the old Italian comedy, the prototype of the modern clown, so called from scaramuccia, a skirmish.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scaramouch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scaramouch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. motile
    • C. askant
    • D. splay

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