[ skuhm ]
/ skʌm /


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.


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Origin of scum

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


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

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British Dictionary definitions for scum

/ (skʌm) /


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
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