AskDefine | Define scum

Dictionary Definition



1 worthless people [syn: trash]
2 a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid [also: scumming, scummed]

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  • /skʌm/
    Rhymes: -ʌm


  1. A layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially molten metal or water).
  2. A greenish water vegetation (such as algae), usually found floating on the surface of ponds
  3. The topmost liquid layer of a cesspool or septic tank.
  4. derogatory slang A person or persons considered to be reprehensible.

Related terms


A layer of impurities
A person or persons considered to be reprehensible

Extensive Definition

Scum is:
  • Kapil Somaroo
  • A layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially water or molten metal)
  • A greenish water vegetation (such as algae), usually found floating on the surface of ponds
  • The topmost liquid layer of a cesspool or septic tank
The name scum is also used for:
  • Scum (album), a 1987 album by grindcore band Napalm Death
  • SCUM (band) - Norwegian/American punk/metal band
  • Scum (film), a 1977 television play directed by Alan Clarke, and the 1979 cinematic version
  • SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men), a 1968 radical feminist book by Valerie Solanas
  • "Scum" (single), song by the band Meat Puppets
  • SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion), scripting language developed at LucasArts to ease development of the graphical adventure game Maniac Mansion
Scum may also refer to:
  • Scum, one of many names for the card game President
  • Scum, former name of the melodic death metal band Amon Amarth
scum in Portuguese: Scum

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