verb (used with object), scummed, scum·ming.
verb (used without object), scummed, scum·ming.
Origin of scum
Related Words for scumfroth, residue, crust, dross, spume, waste, algae, film, scruff, proletariat, vermin, riffraff, dregs, mass, rubbish, rabble, mob, trash, lowest
Examples from the Web for scum
Historical Examples of scum
Scum from both sides, just out like buzzards to pick up what they could.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
Scum like you has ter come ter the mark sooner or later, and come yer have.Indian and Scout
F. S. Brereton
"Scum of the earth, most of them," he said, his plain face glowing.The Street of Seven Stars
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Scum it off with your spoon, and lay it in anotherPage 117 dish.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened
On Scum exist the lowest conditions of life found in any stellar world.Life in a Thousand Worlds
William Shuler Harris
verb scums, scumming or scummed
Word Origin for scum
early 14c. (implied in scummer "shallow ladle for removing scum"), from Middle Dutch schume "foam, froth," from Proto-Germanic *skuma- (cf. Old Norse skum, Old High German scum, German Schaum "foam, froth"), perhaps from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).
Sense deteriorated from "thin layer atop liquid" to "film of dirt," then just "dirt." Meaning "lowest class of humanity" is 1580s; scum of the Earth is from 1712. Adopted in Romanic, cf. Old French escume, Modern French écume, Spanish escuma, Italian schiuma.