noun \ˈskəm\

: a layer of something unpleasant or unwanted that forms on top of a liquid

: a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person

Full Definition of SCUM

a :  extraneous matter or impurities risen to or formed on the surface of a liquid often as a foul filmy covering — compare pond scum 2
b :  the scoria of metals in a molten state :  dross
c :  a slimy film on a solid or gelatinous object
a :  refuse
b :  a low, vile, or worthless person or group of people
scum·my \ˈskə-mē\ adjective

Examples of SCUM

  1. Boil the chicken and use a spoon to remove any scum that floats to the surface.
  2. <claimed that only scum lived in that part of town>

Origin of SCUM

Middle English, from Middle Dutch schum; akin to Old High German scūm foam
First Known Use: 14th century


intransitive verb

Definition of SCUM

:  to become covered with or as if with scum

First Known Use of SCUM

SCUMMING Defined for Kids


noun \ˈskəm\

Definition of SCUM for Kids

:  a film of matter that rises to the top of a boiling or fermenting liquid
:  a coating (as of algae) on the surface of still water
:  a loathsome person


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