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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 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 ?
I'll do it," said Dolly, and getting up, she carefully passed the spoon over the frothing sugar, and from time to time shook off the clinging jam from the spoon by knocking it on a plate that was covered with yellow-red scum and blood-colored syrup.
Here floweth all blood putridly and tepidly and frothily through all veins: spit on the great city, which is the great slum where all the scum frotheth together!
It is a shameful and unblessed thing, to take the scum of people, and wicked condemned men, to be the people with whom you plant; and not only so, but it spoileth the plantation; for they will ever live like rogues, and not fall to work, but be lazy, and do mischief, and spend victuals, and be quickly weary, and then certify over to their country, to the discredit of the plantation.
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.
So far from having high connections I have no connections at all, and I come of the scum of the earth.
Show us every mark of deepest respect, while we treat you like the scum of the earth.
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.
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.
Why were we ever told to bring navy revolvers with us if we had to be protected at last by this infamous star-spangled scum of the desert?
Peter had already lashed himself to the wheel; but he piped all hands and delivered a short address to them; said he hoped they would do their duty like gallant hearties, but that he knew they were the scum of Rio and the Gold Coast, and if they snapped at him he would tear them.
There were others, too, ten of them all told, the scum of the South Sea ports; but Gust and Momulla and Kai Shang were the brains and cunning of the company.