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Scar·a·mouchalso Scar·a·mouche (skăr′ə-mo͞osh′, -mo͞och′, -mouch′)
A stock character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime, depicted as a boastful coward or buffoon.
[French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia, skirmish; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
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Scaramouch(ˈskærəˌmaʊtʃ; -ˌmuːtʃ) or
(Theatre) a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce
[C17: via French from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia a skirmish]
a rascal or cowardly fool
to behave like a rascal or cowardly fool
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or Scar•a•mouche(ˈskær əˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuʃ)
a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily vanquished.
[1655–65; < French Scaramouche < Italian Scaramuccia, proper use of scaramuccia skirmish (applied in jest)]
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