One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A scoundrel.‘they are all skelms, crooks’
- ‘There were so many burglaries and we couldn't see the skelms (thieves).’
- ‘‘We cannot rest until we recover our money and ensure that all skelms are put behind bars where they belong,’ said Diseko.’
(of a person) sly; wicked.‘that skelm politician’
Early 17th century: from Dutch schelm, from German.
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