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scumble

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transitive verb scum·ble \ˈskəm-bəl\

Definition of scumble

scumbled

scumbling

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  1. 1a :  to make (as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brushb :  to apply (a color) in this manner

  2. 2 :  to soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly



Did You Know?

The history of "scumble" is blurry, but the word is thought to be related to the verb "scum," an obsolete form of "skim" (meaning "to pass lightly over"). Scumbling, as first perfected by artists such as Titian, involves passing dry, opaque coats of oil paint over a tinted background to create subtle tones and shadows. But although the painting technique dates to the 16th century, use of the word scumble is only known to have begun in the late 18th century. The more generalized "smudge" or "smear" sense appeared even later, in the mid-1800s.

Origin and Etymology of scumble

perhaps frequentative of 2scum


First Known Use: 1798


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scumble

noun scum·ble

Definition of scumble

  1. 1 :  the act or effect of scumbling

  2. 2 :  a material used for scumbling



1834

First Known Use of scumble

1834


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