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

Definition of scumbag

: a dirty or despicable person

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of scumbag

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scumbag was in 1957

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27 Apr 2020

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“Scumbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scumbag

slang : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person

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