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noun Slang: Vulgar.
  1. a condom.
  2. a mean, despicable person.
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Origin of scumbag

First recorded in 1965–70; scum + bag
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  1. slang an offensive or despicable person
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from earlier US sense: condom, from US slang scum semen + bag
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Word Origin and History for scumbag


"condom," by 1939, slang, from scum + bag (n.). Earlier (by 1817) it was used in sugar refining as the name of a frame covered in coarse cloth used in straining. Meaning "despicable person" is attested by 1971.

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