- 1A layer of dirt or froth on the surface of a liquid: green scum found on stagnant poolsMore example sentences
film, layer, covering, froth, foam, suds, dross, dirt
- A problem may occur when the solids content rises in a lagoon, resulting in the accumulation of solids or scum above the surface.
- The Sea is heaven's own blue like a diamond more lovely in a king's diadem than in the mines of the Indes but as it gushes up through the broken ice-like salt, it is black, full of asphalte scum - and in the hand slimy, and smarting as a sting.
- There, waste components naturally separate, with heavier solids settling to the bottom forming sludge, and lighter solids floating to the top forming scum.
- 1.1 • informal A worthless or contemptible person or group of people: you drug dealers are the scum of the earthMore example sentences
despicable person/people, rabble, riff-raff, refuse, garbage, trash, vermin, good-for-nothing(s), undesirable(s), the lowest of the low, the dregs of society; British trog(s)• informal dirt, dirty dog(s), rat(s), louse(s), toad(s), worm(s), scumbag(s), crud(s), cur(s), no-good(s)• archaic dastard(s)
- And then he replied, ‘You're nothing but Eastern scum and a capitalist rip-off son-of-a-bitch.'
- Danielle ‘Danny’ Sofer is conflicted, trying to maintain her femininity while beating down street scum on a daily basis.
- I have no doubt that this was the intent of the film-makers: that we ultimately find Ben shallow, and the crew who becomes enthralled with such scum is pitiful.
verb (scums, scumming, scummed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Form a layer of dirt or froth on (a liquid): litter scummed the surface of the waterMore example sentences
- The dregs of his dunked biscuits scummed the surface of the tea.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a liquid) become covered with a layer of dirt or froth: the lagoon scummed overMore example sentences
- Also, application of clear waterproofing materials may lock in moisture and crystalline growth, causing more scumming and possible spalling of brick.
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- Sure they're scummy, but compared to the stagnant ponds that make up Upper Hutt ‘City’, they are Mediterranean.
- The boy next to her (Mike, I assumed) wore a scummy baseball cap turned backwards.
- They relocated to a scummy flat in South London where there would be no distractions.
Middle English: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schūm, of Germanic origin.