Definitions for: Scum


[n] a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
[n] worthless people



Webster (1913) Definition: Scum, n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. skum, Icel.
sk?m, LG. schum, D. schuim, OHG. sc?m, G. schaum; probably
from a root meaning, to cover. [root]158. Cf. Hide skin,
Meerschaum, Skim, v., Sky.]
1. 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.

Some to remove the scum it did rise. --Spenser.

2. refuse; recrement; anything vile or worthless.

The great and innocent are insulted by the scum and
refuse of the people. --Addison.


Scum, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scummed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Scumming.]
1. To take the scum from; to clear off the impure matter from
the surface of; to skim.

You that scum the molten lead. --Dryden &
Lee.

2. To sweep or range over the surface of. [Obs.]

Wandering up and down without certain seat, they
lived by scumming those seas and shores as pirates.
--Milton.


Scum, v. i.
To form a scum; to become covered with scum. Also used
figuratively.

Life, and the interest of life, have stagnated and
scummed over. --A. K. H.
Boyd.

Synonyms: trash

See Also: dross, film, rabble, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, scoria, slag

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