Definition of scum
scummyplay \ˈskə-mē\ adjective
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
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.
To the scum who broke into our son’s house and stole, among other things, his military medals and dress uniform.
Use a ladle or skimmer to remove any scum that rises to the top.
Photographer: Ruben Sanchez @lostintv/Getty Images Coral Eyes The original moai eyes were made of white coral with a red scum pupil.
But then one day locals woke up to a green cyanobacteria scum along their shorelines, for the first time ever recorded.
Acetic acid, the main ingredient in vinegar, will work to dissolve any lingering mineral deposits, grease and soap scum that's dulling the glass.
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Origin and Etymology of scum
Middle English, from Middle Dutch schum; akin to Old High German scūm foam
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of scum
: to become covered with or as if with scum
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
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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