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Definition of the noun scum

What does scum mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: scums

  1. worthless people
  2. a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: film = a thin coating or layer
    • more specific words: scoria / dross / slag = the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals

Alternative definition of the noun scum


  1. [uncountable] A layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially molten metal or water).
  2. [uncountable] A greenish water vegetation (such as algae), usually found floating on the surface of ponds
  3. The topmost liquid layer of a cesspool or septic tank.
  4. [countable] [derogatory, slang] A person or persons considered to be reprehensible.

Definition of the verb scum

What does scum mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: scummed, scumming

  1. remove the scum from

Alternative definition of the verb scum


  1. To remove the layer of scum from (a liquid etc.).
  2. To remove (something) as scum.
  3. [obsolete] To scour (the land, sea etc.).


SCUM is a musical group.

  • album: "Dinner's Served"

Phrases with Scum

  1. scum bag
  2. Scum-Ridden
  3. Scum of the Earth
  4. pond-scum parasite
  5. pond scum

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Scum

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Google previewIn Search of the New Age (1988)

A Humorous Look at an Emerging Culture by Christopher S. Kilham, Robert Engman

Super Blue Pond Scum is the number-one most concentrated superfood in the world, maybe in the whole universe. It's so simple, it's brilliant. Here's the theory behind eating concentrated pond scum. The entire animal kingdom originated from ...

Google previewQR, S Versability (2015)

by Roger J. Maderia

Scum is a liquid surface film. Carbohydrate substances are called starches. A stoup is a basin for holy water.

Google previewHearings Before Committee on Naval Affairs of the House of Representatives, Estimates Submitted by the Secretary of the Navy, 1906-1907 (1907)

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Naval Affairs

scum is the microbic and anaerobic action that takes place, of these little microbes eating each other — that is what it amounts to; so that at the end of eighteen or thirty- six hours it is then run off into what is called a basin. Passing before that ...

Google previewChemistry, The Molecular Nature of Matter (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Soap scum is an informal term for the white ...

Google previewWHEN THE SCORPION (2011)

A Play in Four Acts by Onyechi Mbamali

Scum is a praise word if you and ...

Google previewModern Approaches to Data Assimilation in Ocean Modeling (1996)

by P. Malanotte-Rizzoli

scum is the monthly climatological salinity taken from the atlas of Levitus (1982) and u is a restoring time scale, set at 30 days"1. Of course, this is an ad hoc arrangement; it is hoped that in the ...

Google previewPopular Science News (1901)

In these stages the brownish scum is the one to examine as it now loses its green color. In the conjugation, as ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Treatment (2016)

by Alireza Bahadori, Scott T. Smith

Scum A layer or film of foreign matter (such as grease, oil) that has risen to the surface of water or wastewater; a residue deposited on the ledge of a ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

SCUM–SCUPPERNONG. The general style of ornamentation of these stones,*'. ing by a comparison with Anglo-Saxon illuminated MSS has led to the conclusion that they were erected in the 8th or 9th c., when Christianity had but lately ...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

Combines SCUM (semen) with a conventional container; however, itis notuntil the 1960s that ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

The clarification of the liquor, as far as is done in the first copper, is perfected after the more gross scum is taken off ; the remaining impurity, as the liquor boils, is skimmed off from the four or five remaining coppers, into which the liquor is ...

Google previewDictionary of Contemporary Slang (2014)

by Tony Thorne

This term of abuse is now widespread and is permitted in the broadcast media, in spite of the fact that its origin, unknown to many of its users, is as an obscene euphemism for condom; 'scum' being an obsolescent American term for semen.

Google previewHenley's Encyclopaedia of Practical Engineering and Allied Trades ... (1908)

Scum Cock. — A cock bolted to the outside of a marine boiler for the purpose of getting rid of the dirt, grease, grit, and salt which are floated up to the surface of the water. It is connected by a pipe passing through the side of the boiler to a ...

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For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum. (J.W. Schopf)
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Scrabble value of S1C3U1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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