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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
To remove the scum from.
To become covered with scum.

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

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


adj, -mier or -miest
1. of, resembling, consisting of, or covered with scum
2. dirty, unpleasant, or nasty


(ˈskʌm i)

adj. -mi•er, -mi•est.
1. consisting of or having scum.
2. despicable; contemptible.
scum′mi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scummy - of the most contemptible kindscummy - of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
2.scummy - covered with scum; "the scummy surface of the polluted pond"
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"


[ˈskʌmɪ] ADJ
1. [liquid] → lleno de espuma; [pond] → cubierto de verdín
2.canallesco, vil
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Some half-hour of this work, and Riderhood unshipped his sculls, stood holding on to a barge, and hand over hand long-wise along the barge's side gradually worked his boat under her head into a secret little nook of scummy water.
Its editorial said that black terrorism will never succeed in its scummy plan to foment sedition among the Kuwaiti people as they have always been united in the face of terrorism.
The Baby Disco I attended was in a scummy nightclub complete with strobe lights, a DJ and chill out area.
Regardless of what you're protesting about, putting that on the memorial hours before elderly women, who had helped to defeat the worst strain of right-wing politics the world has seen, were due to walk past, makes whoever did it look very scummy indeed.
When everybody from the local paedophile, to the over-friendly construction boss, the scummy journalist and even the police themselves are corrupt, or suspicious, it's Walsh who comes off as the creepiest of all.
The water turns foamy or scummy, with a pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red coloring.
Here, you can meet with friends, have a private party, a delicious Sunday roast and indulge in scummy deserts or an afternoon tea especially prepared.
Danny Moran, 21, was routinely called "scummy boy, scummy lad" and "b***d" by Lynette Crook and Rita Page, who were supposed to be looking after him.
Washington, May 1 ( ANI ): A recent research at Penn State Media Effects Research Laboratory has shown that scummy advertising methods rarely fool mobile users into clicking the ad, instead cause users to treat the website as threat.
Some people would say it's one of the most revered magazines on the planet, so it's weird to have us scummy punks involved in it
My cellphone provider and internet provider are scummy, but they are considerably less scummy than Congress.
Frankly, I'm surprised that he found one scrap of decency amid the scummy dregs of his character and resigned.