scum

[ skuhm ]
/ skʌm /

noun

verb (used with object), scummed, scum·ming.

to remove the scum from.
to remove as scum.

verb (used without object), scummed, scum·ming.

to form scum; become covered with scum.

QUIZZES

Can You Ace This Quiz About “Compliment” vs. “Complement”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.

Origin of scum

1200–50; Middle English scume < Middle Dutch schūme (Dutch schuim) foam; cognate with German Schaum foam

OTHER WORDS FROM scum

scum·less, adjectivescum·like, adjectiveun·scummed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for scum

British Dictionary definitions for scum

scum
/ (skʌm) /

noun

verb scums, scumming or scummed

(tr) to remove scum from
(intr) rare to form a layer of or become covered with scum

Derived forms of scum

scumlike, adjectivescummer, noun

Word Origin for scum

C13: of Germanic origin; related to Old High German scūm, Middle Dutch schūm, Old French escume; see skim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012