scumbag

[ skuhm-bag ]
/ ˈskʌmˌbæg /

noun Slang: Vulgar.

a condom.
a mean, despicable person.

Origin of scumbag

First recorded in 1965–70; scum + bag
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scumbag

/ (ˈskʌmˌbæɡ) /

noun

slang an offensive or despicable person

Word Origin for scumbag

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

scumbag


n.

"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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