Examples of scum in a Sentence
Boil the chicken and use a spoon to remove any scum that floats to the surface.
claimed that only scum lived in that part of town
Recent Examples of scum from the Web
For Murphy, that episode is specifically about the female rage, then and now, which ties into Solanas’ SCUM manifesto.
Rich seems to think that this is a good time to issue group punishment to neo-Nazi white-supremacist scum.
Fans already knew the character was tough and could hold her own in a galaxy full of scum and villainy, but the Ph.D. at 19 kicked everything up yet another notch.
These may look like a surface scum, resembling pea soup and can have an unpleasant odor.
The blooms appear as blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats that typically float on the water’s surface and collect along shorelines and boat ramp areas.
Post Malibu Country, Justin went on to appear on hit shows like Glee and Awkward, before landing the role of scum of the earth Bryce on 13 Reasons Why.
Remove any soap scum or hair from the shower drain.
For crusted-on food or soap scum, use a brush with soft bristles and clean in circular motions to avoid scratching the surface.
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Origin and Etymology of scum
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsproletariat, rabblement, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rout, rabble, tag, rag, and bobtail (or tagrag and bobtail), trash, unwashed
AntonymsA-list, aristocracy, elite, gentry, quality, society, upper class, upper crust
Related Wordsdregs; commoners, commons, herd, hoi polloi, masses, millions, mob, multitude, people, plebeians, populace, public, rank and file; bourgeoisie, middle class, working class
Near Antonymselect, establishment; gentlefolk (also gentlefolks), nobility, peerage
First Known Use of scum
SCUM Defined for English Language Learners
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
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