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

Definition of scumbag

: a dirty or despicable person

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don't romanticize that con artist, as she's nothing more than a scumbag who cheats the most vulnerable
Recent Examples on the Web Pilou Asbæk goes full raging scumbag as the evil Captain Wafner. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now," 17 Jan. 2021 Mel Tucker saw that 2nd offer from Michigan State offer and hit his agent up like Mel Tucker (@Coach_mtucker ) is a liar – now an undeniable fact – a hypocrite, and a scumbag. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs head coach Mel Tucker is heading to Michigan State. Here are the reactions.," 12 Feb. 2020 This evil scumbag is, if not the best, then at least the most memorable new character this season. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Hulu's Veronica Mars revival: Let's rank all the best new characters," 20 July 2019 From amazing new BFFs to totally evil scumbags, here are our new favorite Marshmallows. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Hulu's Veronica Mars revival: Let's rank all the best new characters," 20 July 2019 One sports a combination of blue and neon yellow, and the other is neon purple and neon orange, giving it exactly the same color scheme as Waluigi, the single biggest scumbag in Nintendo’s character lineup. Jon Porter, The Verge, "One of Nintendo’s new Joy-Con color schemes is basically Waluigi-themed," 17 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of scumbag

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Scumbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scumbag

slang : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person

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