scum

noun
\ ˈskəm How to pronounce scum (audio) \

Definition of scum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : extraneous matter or impurities risen to or formed on the surface of a liquid often as a foul filmy covering — compare pond scum sense 2
b : the scoria of metals in a molten state : dross
c : a slimy film on a solid or gelatinous object
2a : refuse
b : a low, vile, or worthless person or group of people

scum

verb
scummed; scumming

Definition of scum (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become covered with or as if with scum

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Other Words from scum

Noun

scummy \ ˈskə-​mē How to pronounce scummy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scum in a Sentence

Noun 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 on the Web: Noun Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 An Important Note: Forte says that disinfectants only truly neutralize germs if the surface has been pre-cleaned of any surface scum or debris beforehand. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How to Deep Clean Your Toilet Properly, According to Our Expert," 13 Mar. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Using a ladle, skim off the scum from the top of the brodo and discard. CBS News, "Recipes from pasta master Evan Funke," 28 Sep. 2019 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Bring to a low simmer, reduce to low (the water should be barely bubbling) and skim off the scum and yellow fat that gathers on top. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "6 recipes to cook from the pantry during the coronavirus outbreak," 15 Mar. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lieberman is the scummiest scumbag who ever scummed. Jim Newell, Slate Magazine, "Donald Trump picking Joe Lieberman for FBI director would be incredibly canny and equally awful.," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of scum

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scum

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Dutch schum; akin to Old High German scūm foam

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The first known use of scum was in the 14th century

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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scum. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for scum

scum

noun
How to pronounce scum (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scum

: a layer of something unpleasant or unwanted that forms on top of a liquid
informal : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person

scum

noun
\ ˈskəm How to pronounce scum (audio) \

Kids Definition of scum

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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