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scum

 (skŭm)
n.
1. A filmy or frothy layer of matter that forms on the surface of a liquid or body of water or on a hard surface.
2. The refuse or dross of molten metals.
3. Refuse or worthless matter.
4. Slang One, such as a person or an element of society, that is regarded as despicable or worthless.
v. scummed, scum·ming, scums
v.tr.
To remove the scum from.
v.intr.
To become covered with scum.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch schūm; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

scum′mer n.
scum′mi·ly adv.
scum′mi·ness n.
scum′my adj.

scum

(skʌm)
n
1. a layer of impure matter that forms on the surface of a liquid, often as the result of boiling or fermentation
2. (Biology) the greenish film of algae and similar vegetation surface of a stagnant pond
3. (Metallurgy) Also called: dross or scruff the skin of oxides or impurities on the surface of a molten metal
4. waste matter
5. a worthless person or group of people
vb, scums, scumming or scummed
6. (tr) to remove scum from
7. (intr) rare to form a layer of or become covered with scum
[C13: of Germanic origin; related to Old High German scūm, Middle Dutch schūm, Old French escume; see skim]
ˈscumˌlike adj
ˈscummer n

scum

(skʌm)

n., v. scummed, scum•ming. n.
1.
a. a film or layer of foul matter that forms on the surface of a liquid.
b. a film of algae on still or stagnant water: pond scum.
2. refuse or offscourings.
3. a low, worthless person.
4. such persons collectively; dregs.
v.i.
5. to form scum; become covered with scum.
v.t.
6. to remove the scum from.
[1200–50; Middle English scume < Middle Dutch schūme (Dutch schuim) foam, c. German Schaum]
scum′less, adj.
scum′like`, adj.

scum


Past participle: scummed
Gerund: scumming

Imperative
scum
scum
Present
I scum
you scum
he/she/it scums
we scum
you scum
they scum
Preterite
I scummed
you scummed
he/she/it scummed
we scummed
you scummed
they scummed
Present Continuous
I am scumming
you are scumming
he/she/it is scumming
we are scumming
you are scumming
they are scumming
Present Perfect
I have scummed
you have scummed
he/she/it has scummed
we have scummed
you have scummed
they have scummed
Past Continuous
I was scumming
you were scumming
he/she/it was scumming
we were scumming
you were scumming
they were scumming
Past Perfect
I had scummed
you had scummed
he/she/it had scummed
we had scummed
you had scummed
they had scummed
Future
I will scum
you will scum
he/she/it will scum
we will scum
you will scum
they will scum
Future Perfect
I will have scummed
you will have scummed
he/she/it will have scummed
we will have scummed
you will have scummed
they will have scummed
Future Continuous
I will be scumming
you will be scumming
he/she/it will be scumming
we will be scumming
you will be scumming
they will be scumming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scumming
you have been scumming
he/she/it has been scumming
we have been scumming
you have been scumming
they have been scumming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scumming
you will have been scumming
he/she/it will have been scumming
we will have been scumming
you will have been scumming
they will have been scumming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scumming
you had been scumming
he/she/it had been scumming
we had been scumming
you had been scumming
they had been scumming
Conditional
I would scum
you would scum
he/she/it would scum
we would scum
you would scum
they would scum
Past Conditional
I would have scummed
you would have scummed
he/she/it would have scummed
we would have scummed
you would have scummed
they would have scummed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scum - worthless peoplescum - worthless people      
ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rabble - disparaging terms for the common people
2.scum - a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
film - a thin coating or layer; "the table was covered with a film of dust"
scoria, slag, dross - the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals
Verb1.scum - remove the scum from
get rid of, remove - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"

scum

noun
1. rabble, trash (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), riffraff, rubbish, dross, lowest of the low, dregs of society, canaille (French), ragtag and bobtail They're cultureless scum drifted from elsewhere.
2. impurities, film, crust, froth, scruff, dross, offscourings scum around the bath

scum

noun
Slang. A group of persons regarded as the lowest class:
Idioms: scum of the earth, tag and rag, the great unwashed.
Translations
حُثالَه، ناس لا يُساوون شَيْئازَبَد، رَغْوَه
pěnaspodina
bærmeskum
skán, skæniúròvætti
nuoviros
putas
ayak takımıkir tabakasıserseriler güruhuyüzer pislik

scum

[skʌm] N
1. (on liquid) → espuma f; (on pond) → verdín m
2. (pej) (= people) → escoria f
the scum of the earthla escoria de la tierra
3. = scumbag

scum

[ˈskʌm] n
(on water, sea)écume f; (in bath)crasse f
(pejorative) (= people) → racaille f
They're scum → Ce sont de la racaille.
the scum of the earth → la lie de l'humanité

scum

n
(on liquid) → Schaum m; (= residue)Rand m; a pond covered in green scumein mit einer grünen Schleimschicht bedeckter Teich; a greasy scum floated on the soupauf der Suppe schwamm eine Fettschicht
(pej inf)Abschaum m; (= one individual)Drecksau f (inf); the scum of the earthder Abschaum der Menschheit

scum

[skʌm] n (on liquid) → schiuma (fig) (pej) (people) → feccia
the scum of the earth → la feccia della società
to remove the scum (from sth) → schiumare (qc)

scum

(skam) noun
1. dirty foam that forms on the surface of a liquid. The pond was covered with (a) scum.
2. bad, worthless people. People of that sort are the scum of the earth.

scum

n. espuma; escoria.
References in classic literature ?
They halted, greatly surprised, and turned in their saddles and looked back, as if wondering if it might be worth while to bother with such scum as we.
Here is a fellow, who, infected by the most pestilent and blasphemous code of devilry that ever was known, abandoned his property to the vilest scum of the earth that ever did murder by wholesale, and you ask me why I am sorry that a man who instructs youth knows him?
said Uriah, in the same low voice, and breaking out into a clammy heat, which he wiped from his forehead, with his long lean hand, 'to buy over my clerk, who is the very scum of society, - as you yourself were, Copperfield, you know it, before anyone had charity on you, - to defame me with his lies?
And wilt moreover assure us the retreat of that scum of mankind who are swarming around the castle, contrary to God's peace and the king's?
I take them when they come in my way, but I do not hunt the Bandar-log, or frogs--or green scum on a water-hole, for that matter.
The "dangerous class," the social scum, that passively rotting mass thrown off by the lowest layers of old society, may, here and there, be swept into the movement by a proletarian revolution; its conditions of life, however, prepare it far more for the part of a bribed tool of reactionary intrigue.
I noticed too there was a thin sulphurous scum drifting upon its coiling water.
On the bridge a number of loafers were watching a curious brown scum that came drifting down the stream in patches.
The exclamations, the insults addressed to Benedetto, who remained perfectly unconcerned, the energetic gestures, the movement of the gendarmes, the sneers of the scum of the crowd always sure to rise to the surface in case of any disturbance -- all this lasted five minutes, before the door-keepers and magistrates were able to restore silence.
An' then," continued Horse Egan, for the peppery Major's peculiarities of speech and manner were as well known as his tanned face; "'an' then, ye dissolute, half-baked, putty-faced scum o' Connemara, if I find a man so much as lookin' confused, begad, I'll coort-martial the whole company.
But it is the fault of this gadding up and down Hind that a king's widow must jostle all the scum of the land, and be made a mock by beggars.
Wretched as the Jungle People were, even Hathi could not help chuckling; while Mowgli, lying on his elbows in the warm water, laughed aloud, and beat up the scum with his feet.