adjective, scum·mi·er, scum·mi·est.

consisting of or having scum.
Informal. despicable; contemptible: That was a scummy trick.

Origin of scummy

First recorded in 1570–80; scum + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scummiest


adjective -mier or -miest

of, resembling, consisting of, or covered with scum
dirty, unpleasant, or nasty
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Word Origin and History for scummiest



1570s, from scum + -y (2). Transferred sense of "filthy, disreputable" is recorded from 1932. Related: Scumminess.

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