/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.
[1655-65; < F Scaramouche < It Scaramuccia, proper use of scaramuccia skirmish (applied in jest); of Gmc orig.]

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