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scum

noun \ ˈskəm \

Definition of scum

1 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
2 a :refuse
b :a low, vile, or worthless person or group of people

scummy

play \ˈskə-mē\ adjective

Examples of scum in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of scum

Middle English, from Middle Dutch schum; akin to Old High German scūm foam


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scum

verb

Definition of scum

scummed; scumming
intransitive verb
:to become covered with or as if with scum

First Known Use of scum

1661



SCUM Defined for English Language Learners

scum

noun

Definition of scum for English Language Learners

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

  • : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person


SCUM Defined for Kids

scum

noun \ ˈskəm \

Definition of scum for Students

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


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