Definition of


  1. (noun, group) worthless people
  2. (noun, artifact) a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
  3. (verb, possession) remove the scum from

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Synonyms of Scum


Alternate forms of Scum

Derivations: scum, scummy

Hyponyms: dross, scoria, slag

Hypernyms: film, get rid of, rabble, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, remove, riffraff

Origin of the word Scum

  1. 1326 (implied in scummer "shallow ladle for removing scum"), from M.Du. schume "foam, froth," from P.Gmc. *skuma- (cf. O.N. skum, O.H.G. scum, Ger. Schaum "foam, froth"), perhaps from PIE base *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Sense deteriorated from "thin layer atop liquid" to "film of dirt," then just "dirt." Meani… more

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