What does SCUM mean?

Definitions for SCUMskʌm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SCUM.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trash, scum(noun)

    worthless people

  2. scum(verb)

    a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid

  3. scum(verb)

    remove the scum from


  1. scum(Noun)

    A layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially molten metal or water).

  2. scum(Noun)

    A greenish water vegetation (such as algae), usually found floating on the surface of ponds

  3. scum(Noun)

    The topmost liquid layer of a cesspool or septic tank.

  4. scum(Noun)

    A reprehensible person or persons.

  5. scum(Verb)

    To remove the layer of scum from (a liquid etc.).

  6. scum(Verb)

    To remove (something) as scum.

  7. scum(Verb)

    To scour (the land, sea etc.).

  8. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scum

    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

  2. Scum

    refuse; recrement; anything vile or worthless

  3. Scum(verb)

    to take the scum from; to clear off the impure matter from the surface of; to skim

  4. Scum(verb)

    to sweep or range over the surface of

  5. Scum(verb)

    to form a scum; to become covered with scum. Also used figuratively

  6. 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

  1. Scum

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SCUM in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SCUM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. G. K. Chesterton:

    The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.

  2. John Dryden:

    A mob is the scum that rises upmost when the nation boils.

  3. The Haberturk newspaper:

    Scum Launch attack in Ankara, the goal is to divide the nation.

  4. J. W. Schopf:

    For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.

  5. George Lucas:

    Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

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Translations for SCUM

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • AbschaumGerman
  • κάθαρμα, απόβλητο, απόβρασμαGreek
  • escoria, canallaSpanish
  • pohjasakka, pintaliete, kuona, roskaväki, leväpuuroFinnish
  • skúmFaroese
  • salaud, crasse, couche, ordure, mousse, écume, racailleFrench
  • scoriaItalian
  • あきますJapanese
  • tuigDutch
  • escóriaPortuguese
  • шваль, пена, отродье, негодяй, шантропа, сброд, нечистоты, сволочь, подлец, шушера, нечисть, накипь, отребьеRussian
  • తెట్టుTelugu
  • schomeWalloon

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