scum·​bag | \ ˈskəm-ˌbag also -ˌbāg How to pronounce scumbag (audio) \

Definition of scumbag

: a dirty or despicable person

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Synonyms for scumbag


bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

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Examples of scumbag in a Sentence

don't romanticize that con artist, as she's nothing more than a scumbag who cheats the most vulnerable

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Bacon is strangely delightful as a standard-issue scumbag antihero, chewing scenery with aplomb. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch this weekend: Lots of sex, drugs, and teen drama in HBO's Euphoria," 14 June 2019 The main exception was Mädchen Amick's Shelly, who faced a litany of abuse at the hands of her scumbag husband Leo (Eric Da Re), and in the new series appears to be slipping back into old patterns. Emma Dibdin, Marie Claire, "Is There Too Much Violence Against Women in the New 'Twin Peaks'? Mädchen Amick Addresses the Debate," 28 July 2017 Your primary advisers make excellent foils to his nervous prodding; each is basically a different flavor of single-minded scumbag. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 Read More Expected Panthers buyer isn't a Trump fan, called him a 'demented, narcissistic scumbag' A team spokesman did not want to comment on the matter. Jourdan Rodrigue And Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Source: Panthers captains, leaders met with David Tepper on new NFL anthem policy | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 The scumbags definitely want to gain control of our government for their own purposes. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Cambridge Analytica CEO appears to talk about using bribes and sex workers to sway elections on secretly recorded news video," 19 Mar. 2018 Westworld Is for White People HBO The introduction of a park based on the British Raj is a reminder that the show’s fantasy world is aimed squarely at rich white scumbags. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Is for White People," 7 May 2018 This new scumbag combines the tech-savvyness of Silicon Valley with the moral and ethics of 1980s Wall Street yuppies. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Cambridge Analytica CEO appears to talk about using bribes and sex workers to sway elections on secretly recorded news video," 19 Mar. 2018 And Corey’s a scumbag low life, by the way, who’s a thief. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "Sam Nunberg on Mueller, His Media Spree, and His Message for Trump," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of scumbag

1957, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scumbag

slang : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person

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