Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scum n.

[SE scum, a dirty film/foam]

(US) semen.

[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 81: When he’d done he said, ‘Come / On now, swallow my scum!’.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 85: That can’t be scum, ’cause scum is white.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[US](con. 1940s) C. Bram Hold Tight (1990) 106: Disgusting. Covered with your own scum.
‘Lloydfest 2002...The Rev.’ at [Internet] As for the scum lapping shit bag cum gargling sperm burper who decided to throw his beer cans in the jaggers [etc].

Terms of abuse based on SE and refs. to semen

In compounds

scumbag (n.) [SE bag; but note bag n.1 (1a)] (orig. US)

1. a contraceptive sheath.

[US]Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970).
[US]J. Lahr Hot to Trot 73: This is how they’ll find you – a Trojan Gossamer Tip. Who else [...] would still be carrying a scum-bag!
[US]H. Max Gay (S)language.
[US]G. Carlin [Internet] Condom: scumbag.

2. (also joe scumbag, scum wad) a term of general abuse.

C. Brossard Redemption in G. Feldman (ed.) Protest (1960) 111: What a scumbag of a world it was, what a miserable rat’s life.
[US]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 132: The old scum-bag, may his stocks fall through the bottom of a graph tomorrow.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 70: Before they left Tralala stomped on his face until both eyes were bleeding [...] Ya rotten scumbag.
[US]J. Wambaugh Blue Knight 281: Booked for lying in court to put a scumbag where he ought to be.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 130: You cocksuckers can’t keep me here. I’m Howie Godder, you scumbags, not some nobody you can push around.
[UK]H.B. Gilmour Pretty in Pink 102: ‘Philip F. Dale to you, scumwad,’ he said.
[US](con. 1970s) J. Pistone Donnie Brasco (2006) 137: Don’t ever embarass me in front of people again. Because I’m not just some fucking Joe Scumbag on the street.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 198: The same places your kind of pervert oughta look for scumbags like Belly Blast.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 8: scumbag [...] also scum wad.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 126: I know what a lying cheating scumbag he is, but...
[Aus]P. Temple Dead Point (2008) [ebook] An absolute scumbag, Jack, you’ll know that.
[US]N. Green Angel of Montague Street (2004) 49: He was your basic scumbag, always looking to hustle you.
[UK]London Lite 3 Oct. 12: [The] uneducated scumbags that breed on our streets.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 66: He’s a former Hellhound, been tight with Gabby Simon, club scumbag.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 19: Eddie Vento and every scumbag like him.
[UK]K. Sampson Killing Pool 106: Prendergast, legal counsel to the underworld [...] a crook worse than just about any scumbag operational in Liverpool right now.
[SA]Sowetan Live 2 Mar. [Internet] If I were only talking sh*t I’d be your twin. And I’d be a piece of sh*t scuumbag [sic] lawyer .
C. Hammer Scrublands [ebook] ‘Some of the greatest bums I’ve known were loaded. Rich scumbags’.
scumbag (adj.)

repellent, disgusting, despicable.

[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 4: We wouldn’t let one of them scumbag motherfuckers stand near us at the bar.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 59: He loves that scumbag town.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] ‘Wonder where that prick got an Ingram? [...] ‘Is that what it was?’ ‘Not your normal scumbag piece of iron’.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 325: And were you sorry when your scumbag mate hit her with the iron bar?
[UK]Guardian G2 19 Oct. 9: We’re all treated as scumbag junkies.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 9: People who deal it [i.e. cocaine] are evil, scumbag, lowlife cunts, bloodsuckers.
[Aus]L. Redhead Peepshow [ebook] Thanks for sicking Farquhar onto me, you lying scumbag piece of shit.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I’d been worried Alex’s scumbag cousin would spill the beans.
scumball (n.) [-ball sfx]

(US) an unpleasant person.

[US]C. Heath A-Team 2 (1984) 134: He called you a dirtball, Jenko [...] Dirtball, scumball ... some kinda odd ball at any rate.
[UK]Reeves & Mortimer Vic Reeves Big Night Out n.p.: You sure are one classy broad to be hangin’ around with a scumball like Tony Peretti.
scumball (adj.)

disgusting, repellent.

[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 363: After old man Bradshaw dies, his scumball kids put it up for sale.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 16 July 19: Cassandra dumps Wayne for her scumball manager.
scumbelly (n.)

(US) a term of abuse.

[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 70: The fat scumbelly was saying [...] that he [...] couldn’t hold onto his own fucking wife.
scumbucket (n.) (US)

1. an unpleasant person.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 187: So many scum buckets were suing cops these days.
D. Schmidt Mack Bolan: Devil’s Horn 19: I ain’t some scumbucket out of Harlem.
[US]C. Hiaasen Native Tongue 177: The deceased was a well-known scumbucket.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 6: Alert the alien scum-buckets to my presence.

2. an unpleasant, dirty place.

[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 14: That’s why it was called the Snatch Patch: it was a scumbucket.
scumbucket (adj.)

(US) unpleasant, disgusting.

M. Maloney Twisted Cross 88: This showed Hunter a great amount of initiative, a talent not usually found among the scumbucket armies of the crazy New Order world.
scumdog (adj.)

(US) unpleasant, disgusting.

[US]C. Hiaasen Strip Tease 38: His first task was ratting out three of his scumdog thief friends.
scum fuck (n.) (also scumfucker)

a general term of abuse.

F. Pfeil Goodman 2020 186: OKAY, OKAY, ALL RIGHT SCUMFUCK, YOU’RE ON!
[US]T. Philbin Under Cover 183: What scumfuckers you have for help! How could they let this jig walk?
[US]T. Fontana ‘Visits’Oz ser. 1 ep. 2 [TV script] Ortolani was a scumfuck, man.
[UK]Guardian Guide 3–9 July 52: He was, as one inmate put it, ‘a low-life scum fuck’.
J. Kellerman Murder Book 183: He investigated the scumfuck who murdered my dad.
scumhole (n.)

the anus.

[US]T. Fontana ‘The Tip’ Oz ser. 2 ep. 1 [TV script] I’m not a fag, but if I were I wouldn’t put my dick anywhere near Ross’s scumhole.
scumpig (n.)

a general term of derision, abuse; sometimes used affectionately.

[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 86: La’er scumpig.
F. Dipietro Afterlife of Trisha Bumwood 111: How about I express my distaste for that scumpig Milton.
scumsucker (n.) (orig. US)

1. a person who performs fellatio.

[US]F. Hilaire Thanatos 263: You kill him, scum-sucker.

2. (also scumsnorter) a derog. term of general abuse.

[US]F. Hilaire Thanatos 270: Get off him you scummy motherfucker! [...] You scum-sucker!
[US]J. Olsen Secret of Fire Five 25: ‘How old’s that midget scumsucker?’ Mike Mustache says.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) Aug. [Internet] I will volunteer to check the bags of the management scumsnorter who came up with that one.
scumsucking (adj.)

a derog. epithet.

[US]D. Burke Street Talk 2 22: What a scum-sucking pig!
[Aus]S. Maloney Something Fishy (2006) 150: This scum-sucking piece of shit, Rodney Syce.
T. Fey Mean Girls [movie script] She’s a scum-sucking road whore.

In phrases

male scum (n.)

(US campus) a man who treats women badly.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 7: male scum – male who mistreats females: ‘I’m sick of going out with male scum’.
shower scum (n.) (also pond scum)(US campus)

1. a highly unpleasant person.

[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 170: shower scum / pond scum [...] slime, filth.
[US]D. Burke Street Talk 2 21: Why would you want to date him? The guy’s nothing but pond scum!

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 91: You want to fuck up those nifty new Florsheims of yours, climbing around [...] every pond-scum hotel in Alphabet City.