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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
I suppose having Eddie describe your country either as a little s**t place, or your race as scummy is an indirect compliment reserved only for those who have dared defeat the teams he has coached, and no doubt we shall shortly hear unveiled equally complimentary comments about both the Scots and French for having the audacity to beat England
In the talk, Jones told an audience: "We've played 23 Tests and have only lost one Test to the scummy Irish.
10 Scummy Mummies Night Out at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road in Chester from 7pm on Sunday featuring comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson.
The accused became very aggressive and began shouting 'you racist scummy b***.
Hoses in hand, two workers were hopelessly trying to dissipate the enormous froths of scummy foam by shooting them with jets of water when this XPRESS reporter visited the site last week.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto: The Urdu auteur-writer, whose brutal frankness about life during the violence and bloodshed of the Partition shook our conscience, will be Nawazuddin's chance to play a heroic character after playing scummy characters in a string of dark murky films.
Ballard was hiding underneath a caravan and when pulled out by officers he admitted: "I know it's a scummy thing to do, but I have to feed my kids.
And during the day times we laughed to comedian, singer, songwriter and funnyman John Shuttleworth, also, Essex-boy Edd Hedges, Nick Doody who was hilarious, and the Scummy Mummies.
People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick-like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column," the state said.