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scum

[ skuhm ]
/ skʌm /
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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.
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Origin of scum

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

OTHER WORDS FROM scum

scumless, adjectivescumlike, adjectiveun·scummed, adjective
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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
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