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Meaning of SCUM

Pronunciation:  skum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
  2. [n]  worthless people
 

SCUM is a 4 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: trash
 
 See Also: dross, film, rabble, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, scoria, slag

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Scum\, n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. skum, Icel.
    sk?m, LG. schum, D. schuim, OHG. sc?m, G. schaum; probably
    from a root meaning, to cover. [root]158. Cf. {Hide} skin,
    {Meerschaum}, {Skim}, v., {Sky}.]
    1. The extraneous matter or impurities which rise to the
       surface of liquids in boiling or fermentation, or which
       form on the surface by other means; also, the scoria of
       metals in a molten state; dross.
    
             Some to remove the scum it did rise.  --Spenser.
    
    2. refuse; recrement; anything vile or worthless.
    
             The great and innocent are insulted by the scum and
             refuse of the people.                 --Addison.
    
    
  2. \Scum\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scummed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Scumming}.]
    1. To take the scum from; to clear off the impure matter from
       the surface of; to skim.
    
             You that scum the molten lead.        --Dryden &
                                                   Lee.
    
    2. To sweep or range over the surface of. [Obs.]
    
             Wandering up and down without certain seat, they
             lived by scumming those seas and shores as pirates.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    
  3. \Scum\, v. i.
    To form a scum; to become covered with scum. Also used
    figuratively.
    
          Life, and the interest of life, have stagnated and
          scummed over.                            --A. K. H.
                                                   Boyd.
    
    
 

 

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