A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a man without honor or virtue. "Go, if your ancient, but ignoble blood" "Has crept through soundrels ever since the flood." (Pope)

Origin: Probably from Prov. E. & Scotch scunner, scouner, to loathe, to disgust, akin to AS. Scunian to shun. See Shun.

(01 Mar 1998)

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