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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
scum /skʌm/USA pronunciation   n. 
    • a layer of matter on the surface of a liquid:pond scum.
  1. low, worthless people:Those gangsters are truly the scum of the earth.
scum•my, adj., -mi•er, -mi•est.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
scum  (skum),USA pronunciation n., v.,  scummed, scum•ming. 
  1. a film or layer of foul or extraneous matter that forms on the surface of a liquid.
  2. refuse or offscourings.
  3. a low, worthless, or evil person.
  4. such persons collectively;
  5. Metallurgyscoria (def. 1).

  1. to remove the scum from.
  2. to remove as scum.

  1. to form scum;
    become covered with scum.
scumless, adj. 
scumlike′, adj. 
  • Middle Dutch schūme (Dutch schuim) foam; cognate with German Schaum foam
  • Middle English scume 1200–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scum /skʌm/ n
  1. a layer of impure matter that forms on the surface of a liquid, often as the result of boiling or fermentation
  2. the greenish film of algae and similar vegetation surface of a stagnant pond

  3. Also called: dross, scruff the skin of oxides or impurities on the surface of a molten metal
  4. waste matter
  5. a worthless person or group of people
vb (scums, scumming, scummed)
  1. (transitive) to remove scum from
  2. (intransitive) rare to form a layer of or become covered with scum
Etymology: 13th Century: of Germanic origin; related to Old High German scūm, Middle Dutch schūm, Old French escume; see skim

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