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scum

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noun \ˈskəm\

Simple Definition of scum

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

  • : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person

Full Definition of scum

  1. 1a :  extraneous matter or impurities risen to or formed on the surface of a liquid often as a foul filmy covering — compare pond scum 2b :  the scoria of metals in a molten state :  drossc :  a slimy film on a solid or gelatinous object

  2. 2a :  refuseb :  a low, vile, or worthless person or group of people

scum·my play \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

Rhymes with scum


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scum

intransitive verb

Definition of scum

scummedscum·ming

  1. :  to become covered with or as if with scum



1661

First Known Use of scum

1661




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