scum·​bag ˈskəm-ˌbag How to pronounce scumbag (audio)
 also  -ˌbāg
: a dirty or despicable person

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
Recent Examples on the Web The first Knives Out film cast Chris Evans as a scumbag at the height of his fame for playing the ultimate goody two-shoes superhero, Captain America. Eliana Dockterman, TIME, 30 May 2024 Audiard starts by introducing Saldaña’s character, Rita, a defense attorney who helps scumbags go free, justifying her misgivings through song. Peter Debruge, Variety, 18 May 2024 There’s also the matter of who got Jackie this gig in the first place, i.e. Lou’s scumbag of a brother-in-law J.J. (Dave Franco). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Jan. 2024 There is almost nobody in America who approves of what the scumbag did in Florida. The Editors, National Review, 30 Aug. 2023 Brian is eventually revealed to be something worse than a garden-variety scumbag, a disappointing development in a film that felt more urgent as a testament to the way garden-variety scumbags get protected by communities every day. Vulture, 20 Feb. 2023 These 156 minutes, with cop Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and escaped captive Maika Monroe pursuing the cult of devil-worshipping scumbags who’ve kidnapped his daughter, are not exactly dull. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 22 June 2023 All 13 episodes of Better Call Saul will drop at once on Netflix next month, so buckle up for one last ride with Slippin’ Jimmy and finally find out what happens to our favorite scumbag lawyer. Erik Kain, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 The film's a sequel to the 2020 thriller Becky, in which an adolescent girl (Lulu Wilson) goes full John McClane on the Nazi scumbags (including a cast-against-type Kevin James) who kill her father. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scumbag was in 1957

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“Scumbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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