a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
remove the scum from
A layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially molten metal or water).
A greenish water vegetation (such as algae), usually found floating on the surface of ponds
The topmost liquid layer of a cesspool or septic tank.
A reprehensible person or persons.
To remove the layer of scum from (a liquid etc.).
To remove (something) as scum.
To scour (the land, sea etc.).
Origin: From scum, scom, from * or schume, both from skūmaz, from skeu-. Cognate with schuim, Schaum, and skum. Compare also écume, schiuma from the same Germanic source. Related to skim.
the extraneous matter or impurities which rise to the surface of liquids in boiling or fermentation, or which form on the surface by other means; also, the scoria of metals in a molten state; dross
refuse; recrement; anything vile or worthless
to take the scum from; to clear off the impure matter from the surface of; to skim
to sweep or range over the surface of
to form a scum; to become covered with scum. Also used figuratively
Origin: [Of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. skum, Icel. skm, LG. schum, D. schuim, OHG. scm, G. schaum; probably from a root meaning, to cover. 158. Cf. Hide skin, Meerschaum, Skim, v., Sky.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skum, n. foam or froth: the extraneous matter rising to the surface of liquids, esp. when boiled or fermented: refuse: offscourings, dregs.—v.t. to take the scum from: to skim:—pr.p. scum′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. scummed.—n. Scum′mer, an implement used in skimming.—n.pl. Scum′mings, skimmings.—adj. Scum′my, covered with scum. [Scand., Dan. skum, froth; Ger. schaum, foam.]
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The numerical value of SCUM in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of SCUM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
A mob is the scum that rises upmost when the nation boils.
Scum Launch attack in Ankara, the goal is to divide the nation.
Frank Wilma, I promise you whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute before until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.
America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.
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- κάθαρμα, απόβλητο, απόβρασμαGreek
- escoria, canallaSpanish
- pohjasakka, pintaliete, kuona, roskaväki, leväpuuroFinnish
- salaud, crasse, couche, ordure, mousse, écume, racailleFrench
- шваль, пена, отродье, негодяй, шантропа, сброд, нечистоты, сволочь, подлец, шушера, нечисть, накипь, отребьеRussian
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