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

Some to remove the scum as it did rise. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. refuse; recrement; anything vile or worthless. [1913 Webster]

The great and innocent are insulted by the scum and refuse of the people. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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