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scum

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noun \ˈskəm\

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

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

Origin and Etymology of scum

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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scum

verb

Definition of scum

scummed

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scumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become covered with or as if with scum

1661

First Known Use of scum

1661



SCUM Defined for English Language Learners

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scum

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noun \ˈskəm\

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

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noun \ˈskəm\

Definition of scum for Students

  1. 1 :  a film of matter that rises to the top of a boiling or fermenting liquid

  2. 2 :  a coating (as of algae) on the surface of still water

  3. 3 :  a loathsome person



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