verb (used with object), scummed, scum·ming.
verb (used without object), scummed, scum·ming.
- scultetus bandage,
Origin of scum
Examples from the Web for scum
The inhabitants of Scum are divided into many warring tribes, and it is fearful to see the conflicts that take place.
Let all this boil together a full hour, and keep it constantly skimmed, as long as any Scum will rise upon it.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened|Kenelm Digby
"Scum of the earth, most of them," he said, his plain face glowing.The Street of Seven Stars|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The nobler people of Scum are banding together with the avowed purpose of bringing back the light of culture and refinement.
Scum like you has ter come ter the mark sooner or later, and come yer have.Indian and Scout|F. S. Brereton
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.