Etymology
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skelm (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]. Century Dictionary (1895) says it is provincial and Scottish.

updated on November 29, 2022

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