- an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.
- mean or base in nature; villainous; unprincipled; dishonorable.
- a worthless or villainous person
n.1580s, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-French escoundre (Old French escondre) “to hide, hide oneself,” from Vulgar Latin *excondere, from Latin condere “to hide” (see abscond). The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.