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scope dope etymology Rhyming, from oscilloscope.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang, US) Officer responsible for radar
quotations:
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scope out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To examine; to scout; to investigate; to check out. The conference starts on the 12th, but the building will be open on the 11th if you want to scope out the room ahead of time.
scopie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, military, slang) An aerospace systems operator (ASOp) or fighter controller (FC) in the Royal Air Force.
    • 1999 February 24, "Roger Gilmartin" (username), Leaving the RAF, in uk.people.ex-forces, Usenet: I always thought we were paid more BECAUSE of the boredom factor. Certainly the air traffic sections worked just the same shifts, and stood their turn at ground defence like us scopies so no cause for a scopie premium there !
    • 1999, March 1, Gordon Clark (author), "Re:Leaving the RAF" in uk.people.ex-forces, Usenet : I don't regret joining as a scopie even though I wanted to be a Telecomms techie!
    • 1999 August 19, "Roger G" (username), Type 80 Radar, in uk.people.ex-forces, Usenet: Yup - Buchan scopie 75 - 77. What a good radar that was.
    • 2000 February 23, "Steve McNamara" (username), RAF Brownside, in uk.rec.subterranea, Usenet: Perhaps this site is something to do with the Scopies at Boulmer?
anagrams:
  • copies
scorcher etymology scorch + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskɔː(ɹ).tʃə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) One who, or that which, scorch.
  2. (colloquial) A very hot day. Tomorrow will be a scorcher, so carry water and use sunscreen if you're going out.
  3. (football) A very good goal, notably made with a very hard shot What a scorcher! See the net reverberate!
Synonyms: sizzler
score {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /skɔː/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /skoɹ/, /skɔɹ/
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etymology From the Old English scora (and hence, a tally). (For twenty: The mark on a tally made by drovers for every twenty beasts passing through a tollgate.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The total number of point earned by a participant in a game. exampleThe player with the highest score is the winner.
  2. The number of points accrue by each of the participants in a game, expressed as a ratio or a series of numbers. exampleThe score is 8-1 although it's not even half-time!
  3. The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a grade. exampleThe test scores for this class were high.
  4. (cricket) A presentation of how many run a side has scored, and how many wicket have been lost. exampleEngland had a score of 107 for 5 at lunch.
  5. (cricket) The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
  6. Twenty, 20 (number).
    • 1863 November 19, Abraham Lincoln, , based on the signed "Bliss Copy" "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
    exampleSome words have scores of meanings.
  7. A distance of twenty yard, in ancient archery and gunnery. {{rfquotek}}
  8. A weight of twenty pound.
  9. (music) One or more part of a musical composition in a format indicating how the composition is to be played.
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  10. Subject.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. . Well, although we haven't discussed the views of all those who make precise reckonings of being and not [being], we've done enough on that score.
  11. Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
    • Hudibras But left the trade, as many more / Have lately done on the same score.
    • Dryden You act your kindness in Cydria's score.
  12. A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
    • Shakespeare Whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used.
  13. An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; hence, indebtedness.
    • Shakespeare He parted well, and paid his score.
  14. (US, crime, slang) A robbery; a criminal act. exampleLet's pull a score!
  15. (US, crime, slang) A bribe paid to a police officer.
  16. (US, crime, slang) An illegal sale, especially of drugs. exampleHe made a big score.
  17. (US, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
  18. (US, slang) A sexual conquest.
Synonyms: (prostitute's client) see
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  1. (intransitive) To earn point in a game. Pelé scores again!
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  2. (transitive) To earn (points) in a game. It is unusual for a team to score a hundred goals in one game.
  3. (transitive) To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
    • 2004, Diane McGuinness, Early reading instruction: what science really tells up about how to teach readin At the end of first grade, the children scored 80 percent correct on this test, a value that remained unchanged through third grade.
  4. (intransitive) To record the score for a game or a match.
  5. (transitive) To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
  6. (transitive) To make fine, shallow lines with a sharp implement, for example as cutting indications. The baker scored the cake so the servers would know where to slice it.
  1. (intransitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse. Chris finally scored with Pat last week.
  2. (transitive, slang) To acquire or gain. Did you score tickets for the concert?
  3. (intransitive) To obtain something desired.
    • 1919, , The Moon and Sixpence, "Of course it would be hypocritical for me to pretend that I regret what Abraham did. After all, I've scored by it."
  4. (transitive) To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.
  5. (US, crime, slang, transitive, of a police officer) To extract a bribe.
interjection: {{en-interjection}}!
  1. (US, slang) Acknowledgement of success
anagrams:
  • cores
  • corse, Corse
score off etymology From score + off. pronunciation See score, off.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, inseparable, idiomatic, slang) To defeat ( especially in an argument), get the better of, achieve a success over, gain an advantage or win points over, make a point to the detriment or at the expense of, make appear foolish. Sometimes with particle .
    • The old hag never missed out on any opportunity to score off on her daughter-in-law.
    • Whether it was politics, trade, competition in industry, snobbery, boasting, self-advertisement, or gossip, the object was to score off one's adversary and put him down.
    • Aunt Laura wore an air of overpowering satisfaction. Evidently she had already triumphed, and she smiled so cheerfully at Edwin that he felt convinced that she had scored him off in some way.
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  2. (transitive, separable, idiomatic) To delete or remove (especially from a list); to score out, strike out or strike off, cross out or cross off; to draw a line through.
    • You can score off my name, I quit.
    • You can score my name off, I quit.
    • He will keep the roll and score off the name of any Boy absent twice.
    • On the certificate of birth of Francis E. Dec, the name “Frank” has been scored off and “Francis” inserted above.
    • More people were simply scored off the list of unemployed than found employment through employment bureaux.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: score, off To score from.
    • A field goal or point after touchdown may be scored off a drop kick.
  • In sense 1 (defeat), this phrasal verb is inseparable and the object always appear after the particle (except for a pronoun, which must always precede the particle).
  • In sense 2 (delete), this phrasal verb is separable and the object may appear before or after the particle (though more common after, to avoid ambiguities).
Scotch etymology Contraction of Scottish. The tape brand is supposedly after its cheapness (as the Scottish were stereotyped as cheap). The chess opening is supposedly after its having been played in a correspondence game between Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England. pronunciation
  • (RP) /skɒtʃ/
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  • (US) /skatʃ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (as a plural noun, the Scotch) The people of Scotland. The Scotch are a hardy bunch.
  2. (uncountable) Whisky distilled in Scotland, especially from malted barley. Paul has drunk a lot of Scotch.
  3. (countable) Any variety of Scotch. My favorite Scotches are Glenlivet and Laphroaig.
  4. (countable) A glass of Scotch. Gimme a Scotch.
  • Use of to refer to the people of Scotland is currently deprecated by the Scottish.
Synonyms: (people of Scotland) Scot, Scottish, (whisky) malt, malt whiskey, malt whisky, Scotch whiskey, Scotch whisky
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  1. The Scottish dialect of English, or the Scots language.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 156: But Rob was just saying what a shame it was that folk should be shamed nowadays to speak Scotch – or they called it Scots if they did, the split-tongued sourocks!
  2. (chess, informal, the Scotch) The opening 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4. Karpov played the Scotch against Anand.
Synonyms: (dialect) Scots, Scots English, Scottish, (chess opening) the Scotch Game (not informal)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated) Of or from Scotland; Scottish.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy: our landlord informed us, with a sort of apologetic tone, that there was a Scotch gentleman to dine with us.
Synonyms: Scottish, Scots
  • The Scottish dislike the term and consider it offensive. The more appropriate adjectives are Scottish or Scots.
Scotch fiddle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang) The itch.
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scot-free Alternative forms: scotfree, scott free etymology From Old English scotfreo, See scot + free pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌskɒtˈfri/
  • (US) /ˌskɑtˈfri/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) Free of scot, free of tax.
  2. (colloquial) Without consequences or penalties. to get off scot-free (to get away without penalty; to beat the rap)
Scouse {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Liverpudlian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The accent and dialect of Liverpool or Merseyside.
Scouser etymology scouse + er, from scouse, a common stew in Liverpool. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Liverpool, colloquial) A Liverpudlian.
related terms:
  • Scouse
anagrams:
  • courses, Croesus, Crœsus, sources, sucrose
Scouserati etymology From a {{blend}} Usage is noted in 2007[http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2007/07/04/elves-tattoos-and-quiet-nights-in-the-world-of-liverpool-s-record-signing-100252-19403248/ Elves, tattoos and quiet nights... the world of Liverpool's record signing, Liverpool Echo.co.uk], then gained acceptance by a supplement to the Liverpool Echo newspaper on 1 January 2008,[http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/capital-of-culture/capital-of-culture-liverpool-news/2008/01/01/the-scouserati-the-366-most-influential-scousers-on-the-planet-100252-20305671/ The Scouserati: the 366 most influential Scousers on the planet, Liverpool Echo.co.uk] the day Liverpool began its year as European Capital of Culture. The supplement listed 366 people as "The Scouserati - the 366 most influential Scousers on the planet".
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  1. (UK, colloquial, neologism) People of influence or of note who have their place of birth or residence in the city of Liverpool or the surrounding region.
scouty etymology scout + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) resembling a scout
  2. (informal) suitable for scout
scrag etymology Perhaps related to Norwegian skragg (a lean person), dialectal Swedish skragge (old and torn thing), Danish skrog (hull, carcass); perhaps related to shrink.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A thin or scrawny person or animal. {{defdate}}
  2. (archaic) The lean end of a neck of mutton; the scrag end.
  3. (archaic) The neck, especially of a sheep.
  4. (Scotland) A scrog.
  5. (Australia, slang, derogatory) A rough or unkempt woman.
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  6. A ragged, stunted tree or branch.
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  1. (obsolete, colloquial) To hang on a gallows, or to strangle or garotte or choke.
    • Pall Mall Magazine An enthusiastic mob will scrag me to a certainty the day war breaks out.
  2. To harass, to manhandle.
    • 1958, , , Chapter 15 '...I urged him ... to ... try the Ickenham System ... a little thing I knocked together in my bachelor days ... it has a good many points in common with all-in wrestling and osteopathy. I generally recommend it to diffident wooers and it always works like magic...' Johnny stared. 'You mean you told McMurdo to ... scrag her?'
  3. To kill or destroy.
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anagrams:
  • crags
scramble etymology Origin uncertain. Compare earlier dialectal scramb. pronunciation
  • /ˈskɹæmbl̩/
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interjection: scramble!
  1. (UK) shouted when something desirable is thrown into a group of people who individually want that item.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move hurriedly to a location, especially by using all limbs against a surface.
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    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 3 When I saw the coffin I knew that I was respited, for, as I judged, there was space between it and the wall behind enough to contain my little carcass; and in a second I had put out the candle, scrambled up the shelves, half-stunned my senses with dashing my head against the roof, and squeezed my body betwixt wall and coffin.
  2. (intransitive) To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
  3. (transitive, of food ingredients, usually, including egg) To thoroughly combine and cook as a loose mass. I scrambled some eggs with spinach and cheese.
  4. (transitive) To process (telecommunication signals) to make them unintelligible to an unauthorized listener.
  5. (transitive, military) To quickly enter (vehicles, usually aircraft) and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
  6. (intransitive, sports) To partake in motocross.
  7. (intransitive) To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity.
  8. (transitive) To gather or collect by scrambling. to scramble up wealth {{rfquotek}}
  9. To struggle eagerly with others for something thrown upon the ground; to go down upon all fours to seize something; to catch rudely at what is desired.
    • Milton Of other care they little reckoning make, / Than how to scramble at the shearer's feast.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rush or hurry
  2. (military) An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.
  3. A motocross race
  4. Any frantic period of activity.
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antonyms:
  • sortie
anagrams:
  • clambers
scrambled egg
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Singular of scrambled eggs.
  2. (British, slang) The gold braid worn on the cap of an officer in the armed forces.
scrambly etymology scramble + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a walk) Involving a certain amount of climb.
    • 1999, Ronald Turnbull, Walking in the Lowther Hills You can now take a steep and scrambly path uphill to the higher, waymarked path, or else return to the roadside for the official start of that same path.
    • 2003, Gillian Price, Walking in the Dolomites A ledge takes you behind the first fall, then it's over a rise and down a steep scrambly gully in the shadow of towering red flanks...
    • 2006, Dan Bailey, Scotland's mountain ridges In summer this is a scrambly mixture of vegetation and loose rock; when frozen solid or snow covered it's rather more pleasant.
  2. (informal) scrambled, mixed-up
    • 1999, Jasmine Lee O'Neill, Through the eyes of aliens: a book about autistic people It is possible, in this scrambly way, not only to see colours, but almost to smell them, too.
scran pronunciation
  • (Northern England) /skɹan/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Northumbria, Liverpool) food Let wi gan and get some scran am starvin man!
Synonyms: scrawn (Geordie)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, Liverpool) to eat
anagrams:
  • crans
  • cRNAs
  • narcs
scrap {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skɹæp/
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etymology 1 Middle English scrappe, from Old Norse skrap, from skrapa, from Proto-Germanic *skrapōną, *skrepaną, from Proto-Indo-European *skreb-, *skrep-
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A (small) piece; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
    • De Quincey I have no materials — not a scrap.
    I found a scrap of cloth to patch the hole.
  2. (usually, in the plural) Leftover food. Give the scraps to the dogs and watch them fight.
  3. Discarded material (especially metal), junk. That car isn't good for anything but scrap.
  4. (ethnic slur, offensive) A Hispanic criminal, especially a Mexican or one affiliated to the Norte gang.
  5. The crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat. pork scraps
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To discard.
  2. (transitive, of a project or plan) To stop working on indefinitely.
  3. (intransitive) To scrapbook; to create scrapbooks.
  4. (transitive) To dispose of at a scrapyard.
  5. (transitive) To make into scrap.
etymology 2 unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fight, tussle, skirmish. We got in a little scrap over who should pay the bill.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to fight
anagrams:
  • carps, craps, RSPCA, scarp
scrape {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English scrapen, from Old Norse skrapa and Old English scrapian, both from Proto-Germanic *skrapōną, *skrepaną, from Proto-Indo-European *skreb-, *skrep-. Cognate with Dutch schrapen, schrappen, schrabben, German schrappen, Danish skrabe, Icelandic skrapa, Walloon screper, Latin scribō. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /skreɪp/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To draw an object, especially a sharp or angular one, along (something) while exerting pressure. Her fingernails scraped across the blackboard, making a shrill sound. Scrape the chewing gum off with a knife.
  2. To injure or damage by rubbing across a surface. She tripped on a rock and scraped her knee.
  3. To barely manage to achieve. I scraped a pass in the exam.
  4. To collect or gather, especially without regard to the quality of what is chosen. Just use whatever you can scrape together.
  5. (computing) To extract data by automated means from a format not intended to be machine-readable, such as a screenshot or a formatted web page.
  6. To occupy oneself with getting laboriously. He scraped and saved until he became rich.
    • Shakespeare [Spend] their scraping fathers' gold.
  7. To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or similar instrument.
  8. To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
  9. To express disapprobation of (a play, etc.) or to silence (a speaker) by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; usually with down. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (draw an object along while exerting pressure) grate, scratch, drag, (injure by scraping) abrade, chafe, graze
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A broad, shallow injury left by scraping (rather than a cut or a scratch). He fell on the sidewalk and got a scrape on his knee.
  2. A fight, especially a fistfight without weapon. He got in a scrape with the school bully.
  3. An awkward set of circumstances. I'm in a bit of a scrape — I've no money to buy my wife a birthday present.
  4. (British, slang) A D and C or abortion; or, a miscarriage.
    • 1972, in U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, Abuse of psychiatry for political repression in the Soviet Union. Hearing, Ninety-second Congress, second session, United States Government Printing Office, page 127, It’s quite possible, in view of the diagnosis ‘danger of miscarriage’, that they might drag me off, give me a scrape and then say that the miscarriage began itself.
    • 1980, John Cobb, Babyshock: A Mother’s First Five Years, Hutchinson, page 232, In expert hands abortion nowadays is almost the same as having a scrape (D & C) and due to improved techniques such as suction termination, and improved lighter anaesthetic, most women feel no worse than having a tooth out.
    • 1985, Beverley Raphael, The Anatomy of Bereavement: a handbook for the caring professions, Routledge, ISBN 0415094542, page 236, The loss is significant to the woman and will be stated as such by her. For her it is not “nothing,” “just a scrape,” or “not a life.” It is the beginning of a baby. Years later, she may recall it not just as a miscarriage but also as a baby that was lost.
    • 1999, David Jenkins, Listening to Gynaecological Patients\ Problems, Springer, ISBN 1852331097, page 16, 17.Have you had a scrape or curettage recently?
  5. A shallow depression used by ground bird as a nest; a nest scrape.
    • 1948, in Behaviour: An International Journal of Comparative Ethology, E. J. Brill, page 103, We knew from U. Weidmann’s work (1956) that Black-headed Gulls could be prevented from laying by offering them eggs on the empty scrape veil before […]
    • 2000, Charles A. Taylor, The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, Kingfisher Publications, ISBN 0753452693, page 85, The plover lays its eggs in a scrape on the ground. ¶ […] ¶ Birds’ nests can be little more than a scrape in the ground or a delicate structure of plant material, mud, and saliva.
    • 2006, Les Beletsky, Birds of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 0801884292, page 95, Turkey females place their eggs in a shallow scrape in a hidden spot on the ground. Young are born ready to leave the nest and feed themselves (eating insects for their first few weeks).
Synonyms: (injury): abrasion, graze, (fight): altercation, brawl, fistfight, fight, fisticuffs, punch-up, scuffle, (awkward set of circumstances): bind, fix, mess, pickle, See also
quotations:
  • 2001, Carolyn Cooke, The Bostons, Houghton Mifflin Books, ISBN 0618017682, page 172–173, He could hear deer moo in the woods, smell their musk, spot a scrape in a birch tree twenty feet away.
  • 2005, Dragan Vujic, Hunting Farm Country Whitetails, iUniverse, ISBN 0595359841, page 58, Female whitetails periodically investigate scrapes created by specific bucks. As the doe approaches estrus and becomes receptive to breeding, she will urinate in a scrape as a sharp signal to the buck that she is ready for him.
anagrams:
  • capers, Casper, crapes, escarp, e-scrap, Pacers, pacers, parsec, recaps, spacer
scrap paper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A used piece of paper, to be used for jot notes or other informally stuff. Also scrap of paper
scrappy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Consisting of scraps; fragmentary; lacking unity or consistency. exampleThat was a scrappy lecture.
  2. (informal) Having an aggressive spirit; inclined to fight or strive. exampleHe's a scrappy dog and will charge at you if you taunt him.
    • 2012, Mark Rice-Oxley, Underneath the Lemon Tree In those days PGS [Portsmouth Grammar School] was full of sadistic staff and scrappy boys called things like Smudger, Muzz and Titch.
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Synonyms: (fragmentary): disconnected, (aggressive): feisty; pugnacious
scratch {{wikipedia}} etymology Probably from a blend of the Middle English words scratten and crachen. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /skrætʃ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itch with nail, claw, etc. Could you please scratch my back?
    • Jonathan Swift Be mindful, when invention fails, / To scratch your head, and bite your nails.
  2. To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation. I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.
  3. To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a scratch (noun). A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.
  4. To remove, ignore or delete. Scratch what I said earlier; I was wrong. When the favorite was scratched from the race, there was a riot at the betting windows.
  5. (music) To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader (see also ).
  6. (billiards) To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table. Embarrassingly, he scratched on the break, popping the cue completely off the table.
  7. (billiards, dated, US) To score, not by skilful play but by some fortunate chance of the game.
  8. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly.
    • Jonathan Swift Scratch out a pamphlet.
  9. To dig or excavate with the claws. Some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.
Synonyms: scrattle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratch. exampleI can’t believe there is a scratch in the paint already. 〈I can’t believe there is a scratch in the paint already.〉 exampleHer skin was covered with tiny scratches.
  2. An act of scratching the skin to alleviate an itch or irritation. exampleThe dog sat up and had a good scratch.
  3. (sports)
    1. A starting line (originally and simply, a line scratched in the ground), as in boxing. {{rfquotek}}
    2. A technical error of touching or surpassing the starting mark prior to the official start signal in the sporting events of long jump, discus, hammer throw, shot put, and similar. Originally the starting mark was a scratch on the ground but is now a board or precisely indicated mark.
    3. (billiards) An aberration.
      1. A foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.
      2. (archaic, US, slang) A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke.
  4. (slang) Money.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 153: He and Bruce cooked up a script together, and Bruce flew home to raise the scratch.
  5. A feed, usually a mixture of a few common grain, given to chicken.
  6. (in the plural) Minute, but tender and troublesome, excoriation, covered with scab, upon the heel of horse which have been used where it is very wet or muddy.
    • 1887, James Law, The Farmer's Veterinary Adviser These are exemplified in the scurfy, scaly affections which appear in the bend of the knee (mallenders) and hock (sallenders) and on the lower parts of the limbs, by scratches, and by a scaly exfoliation{{nb...}}.
  7. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work. This is scratch paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.
  2. Hastily assembled; put together in a hurry or from disparate elements.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 740: Bluecoats began crossing the James on June 14 and next day two corps approached Petersburg, which was held by Beauregard with a scratch force of 2,500.
  3. (computing, from scratchpad) Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use.
  4. Constructed from whatever materials are to hand.
  5. (sports) (of a player) Of a standard high enough to play without a handicap, i.e. to compete without the benefit of a variation in scoring based on ability.
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  6. Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard. a scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot in billiards a scratch race: one without restrictions regarding the entry of competitors
scratch card
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a lottery ticket containing section covered with an opaque waxy film which may be removed by scratching to reveal symbol that show whether a prize has been won
scratcher etymology scratch + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who scratch.
  2. A piece of equipment used to scratch part of the body to relieve an itch.
  3. (lottery) A scratch card.
  4. A bed. (etymology: rhyming slang, rhymes with "scratch your head") usage references: )
  5. (zoology) Any rasorial bird.
  6. (slang) A counterfeiter.
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scratchie etymology scratch + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A scratch card.
    • 2009, Marja Harris, My Memoirs: A Period in the Life of Marja Harris, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=dnEA22-HjZUC&pg=PA47&lpg=PA47&dq=%22scratchie%22|%22scratchies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=-9WxbIbfnc&sig=7raoZgiueA4rQz6jZUK786b8z3A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=su05ULfBB6_KmAWhy4HwBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scratchie%22|%22scratchies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 47], I sat on the balcony with my cup of coffee and my inhaler and I scratched my Scratchies. I won $6.
    • 2010, Charlotte Fabiansson, Pathways to Excessive Gambling: A Societal Perspective on Youth and Adult Gambling Pursuits, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=3LNLtYH4FNsC&pg=PA119&lpg=PA119&dq=%22scratchie%22|%22scratchies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=oRhW5KdrJW&sig=n2pUrD58rMvE9CYwh1sjF8mC2ec&hl=en&sa=X&ei=su05ULfBB6_KmAWhy4HwBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scratchie%22|%22scratchies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 119], Approximately half of the respondents had bought instant scratchies.
    • 2011, Ashley Ormond, How to Give Your Kids $1Million Each!: (And It Won't Cost You a Cent), [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=MY_VEINm-Q4C&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=%22scratchie%22|%22scratchies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=DTHHTXzzSh&sig=AYmoi36q9oesUNKbVnNX8J3599M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=su05ULfBB6_KmAWhy4HwBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scratchie%22|%22scratchies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 40],
    • Grandparents and great-grandparents are big buyers of scratchies and lottery tickets — for their grandkids and great-grandkids.
Synonyms: instant scratchie
scratchy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Characterized by scratch.
    • {{RQ:Chrsty Atbgrfy}} An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
  2. Annoying, irritating, itchy.
  3. (informal, of an analogue radio transmission) Noisy, lossy; marred by white noise or static as a result of poor or low signal, interference or unfavourable atmospheric conditions. exampleThe FM station two hundred miles away was receivable, but the audio was too scratchy to positively identify.
scream {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈskɹiːm/
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etymology From Middle English scremen, scræmen, probably from a fusion of Middle Dutch scremen and Old Norse skræma; compare Dutch schremen, Swedish skrämma, Danish skræmme, West Frisian skrieme. Compare also Swedish skräna, Dutch schreien, German schreien. Related to shriek, skrike.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement et cetera. Can be the exclamation of a word, but is usually a sustained, high-pitch vowel sound, particularly /æ/ or /i/.
  2. (music) A form of singing associated with the metal and screamo styles of music. It is a loud, rough, distorted version of the voice; rather than the normal voice of the singer.
  3. (informal) Used as an intensifier We had a real scream of a time at the beach.
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  4. (printers' slang) exclamation mark
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.
    • Shakespeare I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
  2. To move quickly; to race. He almost hit a pole, the way he came screaming down the hill.
Synonyms: See also
anagrams:
  • creams
  • macers
screamer {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who screams; one who shouts; one who sings harshly.
    • c.1840-41, , , 'Don't be frightened, mistress,' said Quilp, after a pause. 'Your son knows me; I don't eat babies; I don't like 'em. It will be as well to stop that young screamer though, in case I should be tempted to do him a mischief. Holloa, sir! Will you be quiet?'
    • 1886, , , He stood almost appalled for a moment, as he said to himself that she would take her up and the girl would be ruined, would force her note and become a screamer.
    • 1999 June 27, "J2rider", "Favourite companions to hate or love", in rec.arts.drwho, Usenet: In my opinion, Sarah was a total screamer. [...] She screams in BRAIN OF MORIBUS, PYRAMIDS OF MARS, PLANET OF EVIL, REVENGE OF CYBERMEN, GENESIS OF DALEKS, SEEDS OF DOOM, ARK IN SPACE, etc, etc. In just about all her stories. When she is not screaming she is yelping, "Run Doctor RUNNNNNN!"
  2. Any bird in the taxonomic family Anhimidae, endemic to South America, being large, bulky birds with a small downy head, long legs and large feet.
  3. (obsolete, US, hunting) A healthy, vigorous animal.John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms — SCREAMER. A bouncing fellow or girl. This, like the word ''roarer'', is one of the words transferred from animals to men by the hunters of the West.
    • 1917, , , in (editor), Southern Life in Southern Literature, I had seen the track of the bear they were after, and I knowed he was a screamer.
  4. A healthy, vigorous person.
  5. Something exceptionally good.
    • 1875, , , ... I do not judge hastily, Alec, for I have read a dozen, at least, of these stories, and, with much that is attractive to boys, I find a great deal to condemn in them, and other parents say the same when I ask them." "Now, Mum, that's too bad! I like 'em tip-top. This one is a regular screamer," cried Will.
  6. (sports, cricket) A difficult catch.
    • 2010 , True Colours, But then he came around the wicket again, I slashed at one, and Strauss, at full stretch diving to his left at second slip, took an absolute screamer. It was the catch of the summer, and it happened to me.
  7. (sports, baseball) A very hard hit.
    • 2006, R. G. Utley, Tim Peeler, Aaron Peeler, Outlaw Ballplayers: interviews and profiles from the Independent Carolina Baseball League, His screamer into the right field bleachers in the sixth with Scarborough and Viau on base put Hickory out in front 9 to 8 and the lead held for the rest of the game.
  8. (sports, Australian rules football) A particularly high mark (clean catch of a kicked ball).
    • 2008, John Devaney, Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion, Virtually every other facet of the game is shared by other sports, but the sight of a player taking a fingertip ‘screamer’ whilst perched on the shoulders of an opponent is unique to footy, and players who perfect this ability are among the code’s most celebrated and well remembered.
  9. (sports, soccer) a powerful shot.
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  10. (sports, surfing) A very large wave.
    • 2010, Peter Klein, Silk Chaser, That set the pattern for us both. Catch a screamer, work it hard for as long as you could, then drop back over the shoulder and paddle back out to the line-up.
  11. (Internet slang) A video that unexpectedly frightens the viewer by cutting to a loud scream and disturbing image.
    • 2008, Nadia Giosia, Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook The Web is also big business; who needs a real job when you can just send Grandma a screamer and—POOF!—there's your inheritance.
  12. (slang) An effeminate gay man; a man who is obviously gay (homosexual).
    • 1989, Joseph P. Goodwin, More Man Than You’ll Ever Be: Gay Folklore and Acculturation in Middle America, Indiana University Press, ISBN 978-0-253-20497-4, page 43: Well, this friend was a real effeminate person—[he] was just a screamer. … Well even my brother was smart enough to realize they were gay.
    • 1992, in The Advocate, issues 607–610, page 315: So when sings in his latest hit, “Girl, you're just too funky for me,” is he really singing about a woman? Or is he just being a total screamer and gender-fucking his male love object?
    • 2001 May 5, "cJ" (username), "Studly buff gay guy?", in alt.tv.survivor, Usenet: I thought Jeff was a screamer. I am still wondering about Alicia. She hangs with Jeff. But I shouldn't assume someone is lesbian by the company they keep.
anagrams:
  • creamers
screamfest etymology scream + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An event, recording, etc. involving a lot of scream.
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screaming pronunciation
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  1. present participle of scream
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Loud, sharp, and piercing to the ear.
  2. Obvious; distinct.
  3. (LGBT, slang) Effeminate, flamboyant or otherwise obviously gay. Did you see that guy at the bar? Screaming!
Synonyms: screeching, shrieking
scream queen {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An actress who appears in many horror film.
screenie etymology screen + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A screenshot.
screw {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology From Middle English screw, scrue; apparently, despite the difference in meaning, from Old French escroue, of uncertain origin. There is also the Old French escruve, from odt *scrūva "screw"; whence Middle Dutch schruyve, which probably influenced or conflated with the aforementioned resulting in the Middle English word. {{rel-top}} Old French escroue (whence Malayalam scrofa), is believed to be an adaptation of Latin scrōfa;''Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary'', 11th edn., s.v. "screw". but this development is not found in other Romance languages.''A new English dictionary on historical principles, Vol. 8, "screw" (For change in meaning, compare also Spanish puerca, Portuguese porca, both ‘sow; screw nut’, and is based on the fact that a boar's penis has a screw-like tip, making the sow's vulva equivalent to a screw nut by analogy). Old Dutch *scrūva derives from Proto-Germanic *skrūbō, from Proto-Germanic *skru-, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keru-, *(s)ker-, and is related to German Schraube, Low German schruve, schruwe, Dutch schroef, Western Frisian skroef, Danish skrue, Swedish skruf, Icelandic skrúfa. Compare also Occitan escrofa, Calabrese scrufina, which may be borrowings of the Old French word, or parallel developments. {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device that has a helical function.
    1. A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
    2. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a shank partially or completely threaded shank, sometimes with a threaded point, and a head used to both hold the top material and to drive the screw either directly into a soft material or into a prepared hole.
    3. (nautical) A ship's propeller.
      • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
    4. An Archimedes screw.
    5. A steam vessel propelled by a screw instead of wheels.
  2. (derogatory) A prison guard.
  3. (derogatory) An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (US, slang, dated) An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a student by an instructor.
  5. (vulgar, slang) Sexual intercourse; the act of screwing. examplehave a good screw
    • 2001, Bárbara Mujica, Frida: A Novel of Frida Kahlo, Overlook Press (2012), ISBN 9781468300994, unnumbered page: “Not for God's sake, for Papá's sake. He's the one who gave Mami a good screw, and then you popped out. Or did you think you were a child of the Immaculate Conception, like the Baby Jesus?
    • 2007, Barry Calvert, Swingers 1, Matador (2007), ISBN 9781905886647, page 85: A few couples would let selected doggers join in, with the lucky ones managing to get a screw.
    • 2009, Kimberly Kaye Terry, The Sweet Spot, Aphrodisia Books (2009), ISBN 9780758228765, page 28: As she sucked the nicotine deeply into her lungs, she closed her eyes and leaned back against the headboard, enjoying the pleasurable buzz that the combination of a good screw—well, a decent screw—coupled with the nicotine gave.
  6. (vulgar, slang) A casual sexual partner.
    • 1944, W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, Vintage International (2003), ISBN 9780307785084, unnumbered page: “If I don't go back to my boy friend he'll be as mad as hell. He's a sulky brute, but Christ, he's a good screw.”
    • 1990, Susan Lewis, Stolen Beginnings, HarperPaperbacks (1992), ISBN 9780061004414, page 122: "Swear it!" Kathleen screamed. "Let her know that she's just another screw. Because, darling, that's all you are. So go on, tell her!"
    • 1993, William Gill, Fortune's Child, HarperCollins Canada (1994), ISBN 9780061091551, page 42: She was just a girl, like any of the girls he had had so easily, just another screw.
    • 2009, Sam Moffie, The Book of Eli, Mill City Press (2009), ISBN 9781936107353, page 6: Mary was Eli's favorite screw because she was clean, pretty, a good mother, funny, and alway was able to make herself available for their twice a week fucks as easily as he was.
  7. (slang) Salary, wages.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, A certain amount of "screw" is as necessary for a man as for a billiard-ball.
  8. (billiards) Backspin.
  9. (slang) A small packet of tobacco. {{rfquotek}}
  10. An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and commonly of good appearance. {{rfquotek}}
  11. (math) A straight line in space with which a definite linear magnitude termed the pitch is associated. It is used to express the displacement of a rigid body, which may always be made to consist of a rotation about an axis combined with a translation parallel to that axis.
  12. An amphipod crustacean. examplethe skeleton screw (Caprella);  the sand screw
  13. (dated, slang) A prison guard.
Synonyms: (casual sexual partner) see also .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To connect or assemble pieces using a screw.
  2. (transitive, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
  3. (transitive, slang) To cheat someone or ruin their chances in a game or other situation. Sometimes used in the form "screw over".
  4. (transitive) To apply pressure on; to put the screws on.
  5. To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
    • Jonathan Swift Our country landlords, by unmeasurable screwing and racking their tenants, have already reduced the miserable people to a worse condition than the peasants in France.
  6. (transitive) To contort.
    • Dryden He screwed his face into a hardened smile.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Chapter V I had been calling Nobs in the meantime and was about to set out in search of him, fearing, to tell the truth, to do so lest I find him mangled and dead among the trees of the acacia grove, when he suddenly emerged from among the boles, his ears flattened, his tail between his legs and his body screwed into a suppliant S. He was unharmed except for minor bruises; but he was the most chastened dog I have ever seen.
  7. (soccer, transitive) To miskick (a ball) by hitting it with the wrong part of the foot.
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  8. (billiard, snooker, pool) To screw back.
  9. (US, slang, dated) To examine (a student) rigidly; to subject to a severe examination.
Synonyms: (2), fuck (taboo slang) (2, 3), (Australia) root (2), (British) shag (2)
antonyms:
  • unscrew
anagrams:
  • crews
screwable etymology screw + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable) That can be screw (fastened mechanically).
  2. (slang, vulgar) Suitable or desirable for screwing (sexual intercourse); fuckable.
Synonyms: fuckable, rootable
screwballer etymology screwball + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A screwball comedy.
screwed pronunciation
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etymology {{rfe}}
  • The modern sense of screwed originates in the mid-1600's with a sense of "to screw" as a means of "exerting pressure or coercion", probably in reference to instruments of torture (e.g. thumbscrew)."[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=screw screw (n.)]" in the ''Online Etymology Dictionary'', Douglas Harper, 2001 It quickly gained a wider general sense of "in a bind; in unfortunate inescapable circumstances". When the verb "to screw" gained a sexual connotation in the early 1700's,"[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=screw screw (v.)]" in the ''Online Etymology Dictionary'', Douglas Harper, 2001 it joined the long-lasting association of sexual imagery as a metaphor for domination, leading to screwed gaining synonyms like fucked and shagged. On a more general note, this is a prime example of the frequent tendency for verb participle to evolve into adjectives.
  • The sense meaning "intoxicated" is from the early 1800's, and is associated with the term screwy, and the idiom to have a screw loose.
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  1. (slang) beset with unfortunate circumstances that seem difficult or impossible to overcome; in imminent danger. They found out about our betrayal, so now we're screwed.
  2. (slang, British) intoxicated.
    • James Joyce, Dubliners Besides they were dreadfully afraid that Freddy Malins might turn up screwed. They would not wish for worlds that any of Mary Jane's pupils should see him under the influence…
  • Often employed as a bowdlerization, or substitution, for fucked.
Synonyms: (beset, vulgar) fucked, dicked, shagged (British) Because the sexual act as a metaphor for domination is a frequent association for the term 'screwed', it is potentially offensive in polite circles.
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  1. en-past of screw He screwed the boards together tightly. I got screwed at the swap meet yesterday.
    • 1641, Richard Chambers (merchant), quoted in Hannis Taylor, The Origin and Growth of the English Constitution: An Historical Treatise, Part II: The After-Growth of the Constitution, H.O. Houghton & Company (1889), p. 274, […] merchants are in no part of the world so screwed as in England. In Turkey, they have more encouragement.
screwed the pooch
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  1. en-past of screw the pooch (slang) (To have screwed up or to have made a mistake.)
    • An episode of Family Guy, which aired on November 29, 2001 is titled "Screwed the Pooch."
screwed up
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  1. en-past of screw up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a piece of paper) Having been screwed into a ball.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Broken, damaged, inoperative or having only partial functioning, especially by inept handling. That's a really screwed up car.
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) Having psychological problems; being mentally distraught. She's been a really screwed up girl since her boyfriend left her.
  • Often employed as a bowdlerization, or substitution, for fucked up.
screwface etymology screw + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A contorted facial expression made out of anger or frustration.
    • 2005, Tracy M. Bush, A Blues for Mary, Lulu.com (2005), ISBN 9781599710976, page 134: “Oh, and tell your girl to stop giving me the screwface.”
    • 2011, Alvin Glen Edwards, Once in an Island, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781456758103, page 38: She put on a screwface—an unfriendly facial contortion that denotes anger and frustration—then broke into the chant of a popular reggae protest song.
    • 2014, George Vecsey, Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer, Times Books (2014), ISBN 9780805098495, page 249: Klinsmann had to know from observing the cranky screwface Dempsey displayed in public that this was no moonbeam of a player.
Synonyms: grimace
screwing
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of screw
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act by which something is screwed.
    • 1854, George Dodd, The Curiosities of Industry and the Applied Sciences (page 35) But this was a sadly lingering process, since there must be as many screwings and unscrewings as there are copies to be printed.
  2. (slang, vulgar) sexual intercourse
screw it
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, coarse) Expression of frustration or contempt. This mathematical problem is really difficult. Oh, screw it! I can't be bothered.
Synonyms: fuck it (vulgar), fuck this (vulgar), screw this (coarse), whatever, See also
screw off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To remove the lid of a jar or other container by unscrewing it.
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  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) To fail to do one's work; to goof off.
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  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) To go away at someone's urging; to bugger off.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, dismissal) To urge someone to leave.
As a way of urging someone to leave, it is considered vulgar in many settings but may be only a lighthearted rebuke in others.
screw-off
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Someone who often fails to do his or her work; someone known to goof off.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. The ability to be removed by unscrewing (screwing off)
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screw over
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To cheat someone, or ruin their chances in a game or other situation. I would have won the game but I got screwed over when I landed on Mayfair.
screwtape etymology See the C. S. Lewis book, , from the compound of screw + tape. The internet sense is thought to have originated on the internet Flintstones forum, Pebblescrap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To mess things up, to corrupt, to be devilish.
  2. (slang, Internet) To bump a particularly old topic thread on the internet or in an electronic forum, by posting an ironic or humorous reply to a previous message.
screwup Alternative forms: screw-up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A substantial mistake, usually causing problems for more people than just the person or group who made it.
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  2. (colloquial) A person who often makes substantial mistakes.
screw up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To tighten or secure with screws.
  2. (transitive) To raise (rent, fees, etc.) to extortionate levels.
    • 1942: As far as was possible he kept his subjects as mindless fighting-cocks, troops that could be promised to one power if there was a chance of screwing up another power to a bugger subsidy. — Rebecca West. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 1052)
  3. (transitive) To twist into a contorted state The baby screwed up his face and began to bawl.
  4. (transitive, dated) To squint.
    • 1913, , , As they were finishing breakfast came the postman with a letter from Derby. Mrs. Morel screwed up her eyes to look at the address.
    • 1919, Richard Aldington, [...] Hands deep in pockets, head aslant, And eyes screwed up against the light [...]
  5. (transitive, colloquial) To make a mess of; to ruin.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial) To blunder; to make a mistake.
Synonyms: See also
screw-up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) alternative spelling of screwup
screwy etymology 1820, original meaning “tipsy, slightly drunk;” meaning “crazy, ridiculous” first recorded 1887. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskɹuː.i/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Crazy; silly; ridiculous; insane; demented; unreasonable. That's a screwy idea; I am not going to fly all the way to Antarctica just to see a penguin!
  2. (archaic, informal) Tipsy; slightly drunk.
quotations:
  • 1840, Hal of the West. Brilliant run with the Puckeridge hounds. The Sporting Magazine. March, 1840. Vol XX, No 119. p383 " I saw my hearty out of the yard, with his pink peeping out of his Macintosh, on his screwy old black horse, and I heard from my fair waiter that he had been vaunting that he would lick us all into fits."
  • 1868, Memorials of a theological college. London: Houlston & Wright. 1868. p9 "A tipsy man," said Spearman, "is generally noisy ; and I confess I was screwy on Wednesday."
  • 1877, Edward Peacock, English Dialect Society. A glossary of words used in the wapentakes of Manley and Corringham. London: Trubner & Co. 1877. p120 "Screwy [skroo'i], adj. mean ; stingy ; parsimonious. Alto, slightly intoxicated."
related terms:
  • have a screw loose
  • screwball
  • screw up
screw you
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar) A slightly less offensive version of "fuck you".
    1. "Go to hell". For instance, You'll just lie in your bed all day rather than help us? Well, screw you.
    2. "Go away". For instance, Screw you-- go annoy someone else!
    3. Expression of contempt. For instance, You think you can come to my house dressed like a slob? Well, screw you.
Synonyms: fuck you, get stuffed
scrilla etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /ˈskɹɪl.ə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, African American Vernacular English) money
Synonyms: See also .
scrip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skɹɪp/
etymology 1 An aphetism of Old French escrepe, a variant of escharpe, from Old Norse skreppa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small medieval bag used to carry food, money, utensils etc.
    • 1919, , , Duckworth, hardback edition, page 9 Depositing his scrip in the outhouse the cowherd glanced around.
    • 1964 , Nothing Like the Sun A night promising fair, scented, the moon in her third quarter, nightingales in the wood, WS, in worn cloak against the morning’s chill, empty scrip and purse, taking the road. —
  2. Small change.
    • 1899, , The Brick Moon and Other Stories, (Short Story Index Reprint Series), Project Gutenberg, [1999], Etext #1633 In reading it in 1899, I am afraid that the readers of a hard, money generation may not know that "scrip" was in the sixties the name for small change.
etymology 2 Probably from a conflation of script and scrap.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A scrap of paper.
  2. A document certifying possession of land, or in lieu of money.
  3. A voucher or token coin used in payroll under the ; chit.
  4. Any substitute for legal tender that is produced by a natural person or private legal person and is often a form of credit.
etymology 3 Abbreviation of .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A share certificate.
etymology 4 Abbreviation of prescription.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, British) A medical prescription.
anagrams:
  • Crips, crisp
script kiddie {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: script kiddy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A (usually amateur) hacker who compromise files on others' computers or launches attacks on computer systems, using widely distributed computer program or script, rather than using their own unique programs or scripts.
scrobble pronunciation
  • /ˈskrɒbəl/
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etymology 1 1927, in the book by .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To waylay, kidnap or steal.
    • John Masefield They've tried to scrobble another clergyman who was walking into Tatchester from Tineton.
    • Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere (page 73) "We have no intention of violating their market truce. More of waiting till she has left the market and scrobbling her..."
etymology 2 From the name of the Internet service Audioscrobbler.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (internet slang) To publish one's music-listening habits to the Internet via software, in order to track when and how often certain song are played.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A datum or the aggregate data collected by this means.
anagrams:
  • clobbers
  • cobblers
scrod {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: schrod, (rare) escrod, scrode etymology Perhaps from an obsolete Dutch term schrood, from Middle Dutch (in which case, it is ultimately cognate to shred). Compare East Frisian schrod. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New England, sometimes, New York) Any cod, pollock, haddock, or other whitefish.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, New England, humorous) en-past of screw
anagrams:
  • cords
scrolly etymology scroll + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, especially of text) Scrolling. The scrolly message was too fast to read.
scrote etymology From scrotum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, chiefly, British) A worthless obnoxious person; a gobshite or toerag.
  2. Abbreviation for scrotum
    • 4 February 2010, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart If you just followed this show on the blogs, you would think I was just running around town, cutting people open from scrote to sternum, wearing their skin as a trophy.
anagrams:
  • corset
  • coster
  • escort
  • rectos
  • scoter
  • sector
  • Tresco
scrotty
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) grotty; dirty; unpleasant
    • 2009, Mary Hughes, Bite My Fire (page 124) Tight-ass paced the floor like a caged tiger. A pumpkiny, scrotty sort of tiger, but still scary.
    • 2011, Daniel Curzon, Saving Jane Austen: A Comedie Grotesque (page 162) You should not have kissed that scrotty Swiss git. God knows where he and his 'charms' have been.
    • 2013, Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones: The Singleton Years Right, I'd better go and find an emery board. Come to think of it, this nail varnish generally is looking a bit scrotty. I really need to take it all off and start again.
scrotum {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Latin scrōtum. pronunciation
  • /ˈskɹəʊtəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The bag of skin and muscle that contains the testicle in mammal. The female labia majora is homologous to the male scrotum.
hypernyms:
  • genitals
Synonyms: ballbag, ballsack, See also
scrouge etymology Uncertain.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, dialect and US, colloquial) To crowd; to squeeze.
    • Walter Blair Well, pretty soon the whole town was there, squirming and scrouging and pushing and shoving to get at the window and have a look…
    • 1983, Judson R. Landis, Sociology: concepts and characteristics I look for veiled eyes or bodies scrouged into a seat in an alien world.
    • 2001, Aileen Kilgore Henderson, Stateside Soldier: Life in the Women's Army Corps, 1944-1945 (page 12) We stayed up till eleven, sitting on the stairs, on the floor, and scrouged into the day room, surrounded by stacks of GI clothes.
scroungy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) dirty or shabby
scrubber pronunciation
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etymology scrub + er
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or appliance that clean floors etc by scrubbing
  2. A device that removes impurities from gases
  3. (British, slang) A prostitute, or a slovenly woman
scrubeenie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, sports) substitute
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scruffbag etymology scruff + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A scruffy person or creature.
scruffy pronunciation
  • /ˈskɹʌ.fi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. untidy in appearance
related terms:
  • scruffiness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An artificial intelligence researcher who believes that intelligence is too complicated (or computational intractable) to be solved with the sorts of homogeneous system favoured by the "neat".
scrumdiddlyumptious Alternative forms: scrum-diddly-umptious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, humorous) scrumptious; delicious
scrummy etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (childish or colloquial, UK) delicious
    • 1930, Ralph Hale Mottram, The English Miss Of course one did get some scrummy things to eat abroad, that cook did not, somehow, produce at home; and the people looked different...
    • 2004, Alan Murphy, Scotland There's an all day menu, with lots of fish dishes such as fish soup, tuna, and monkfish. Pudding might include a scrummy rosemary panacotta.
    • 2006, Julie Wilson, Our Spanish Winters After mopping up the last bits with my scrummy nan breads we settled down to watch the DVD of "The Two Towers" from "Lord of the Rings"...
Synonyms: See also
scrump
scrumtrulescent etymology A word coined by Saturday Night Live comedian when doing an impression of The Actors Studio host , in order to describe the performance of actor on the Match Game.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, US, rare) Transcendent and fantastic beyond description.
scrutable etymology By playful backformation from inscrutable
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) understandable, comprehensible
scrutiny Alternative forms: scrutny etymology From Middle English scrutiny, from Malayalam scrūtinium, from vl scrūtārī, of uncertain origin. Possibly from ll scrūta; or of gem origin, related to Old English scrūtnung, from Old English scrūtnian, scrūdnian, from Proto-Germanic *skrudōną, *skruþōną, from Proto-Germanic *skrud-, *skruþ-, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreut-. Compare Old High German skrodōn, scrutōn, scrutilōn, Old High German scrod, Gothic , Old English scrēadian. More at shred. pronunciation
  • /ˈskɹuː.tɪ.ni/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Intense study of someone or something.
    • Milton Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view / And narrower scrutiny.
  2. Thorough inspection of a situation or a case.
  3. An examination of catechumen, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter Day.
  4. A ticket, or little paper billet, on which a vote is written.
  5. An examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the purpose of correcting the poll. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: examination, exploration, going-over (informal), inquiry, inspection, investigation, perusal, probe, scan, survey, study
related terms:
  • inscrutable
  • perscrutation
  • scrutator
  • scrutineer
  • scrutinize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, rare) To scrutinize.
scrutny etymology From Middle English scrutiny, possibly from Malayalam scrūtinium, from vl scrūtārī, of uncertain origin; possibly from ll scrūta. Or of gem origin, related to Old English scrūtnung, from Old English scrūtnian, scrūdnian, from Proto-Germanic *skrudōną, *skruþōną, from Proto-Germanic *skrud-, *skruþ-, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreut-. Compare Old High German skrodōn, scrutōn, scrutilōn, Old High German scrod, Gothic , Old English scrēadian. More at shred. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of scrutiny Intense study of someone or something; a thoro inspection of a situation or a case.
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Synonyms: examination, exploration, going-over (informal), inquiry, inspection, investigation, perusal, probe, scan, survey, study
scud etymology Perhaps from Old Norse skjóta. pronunciation
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Alternative forms: skud (dialectal sense only)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, Scotland) Naked.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To race along swiftly (especially used of cloud).
    • I. Taylor the first Nautilus that scudded upon the glassy surface of warm primæval oceans
    • Beaconsfield The wind was high; the vast white clouds scudded over the blue heaven.
    • 1920, , The Understanding Heart, Chapter II: During the preceding afternoon a heavy North Pacific fog had blown in … Scudding eastward from the ocean, it had crept up and over the redwood-studded crests of the Coast Range mountains, …
  2. (ambitransitive, nautical) To run, or be driven, before a high wind with no sail set.
  3. (Northumbria) To hit.
  4. (Northumbria) To speed.
  5. (Northumbria) To skim.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of scudding.
  2. Clouds or rain driven by the wind.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick: But high above the flying scud and dark-rolling clouds, there floated a little isle of sunlight, from which beamed forth an angel's face …
  3. A gust of wind.
  4. (Bristol) A scab on a wound.
  5. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
  6. Any swimming amphipod crustacean.
  7. (slang, Scotland) Pornography.
  8. (slang, Scotland) Irn-Bru. A bottle of Scud
scuffer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. someone who scuff his feet
  2. (slang, British) (Victorian era, London) a policeman
scuffle etymology Possibly of origin. Compare skuff and skuffa, from the base *. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rough disorderly fight or struggle at close quarters
    • L'Estrange The dog leaps upon the serpent, and tears it to pieces; but in the scuffle the cradle happened to be overturned.
  2. A Dutch hoe, manipulate by both push and pull
  3. (archaic) A child's pinafore or bib.
Synonyms: (Dutch hoe) scuffle hoe
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
    • Eikon Basilike A gallant man had rather fight to great disadvantage in the field, in an orderly way, than scuffle with an undisciplined rabble.
  2. (intransitive) To walk with a shuffling gait.
  3. (slang) To make a living with difficulty, getting by on a low income, to struggle financially.
scug Alternative forms: skug, scoug, skoog (Scotland) etymology From Old Norse skuggi. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /skʌɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Northern England, Scottish) shade, shadow.
  2. (Northern England, Scottish) a shelter, a sheltered place (especially on the side of a hill).
  3. (dialectal) a squirrel.
  4. (dated, slang) A lower-school or inferior boy.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Northern England, Scottish, transitive) To shelter; to protect.
  2. (Northern England, Scottish, intransitive) To hide; to take shelter.
scull pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /skʌl/
  • {{homophones}}
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etymology 1 From Middle English sculle, unknown {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A single oar mounted at the stern of a boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
  2. One of a pair of oars handled by a single rower.
  3. A small rowing boat, for one person.
  4. A light rowing boat used for racing by one, two, or four rowers, each operating two oars (sculls), one in each hand.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To row a boat using a scull or sculls.
    • 1908, , The afternoon sun was getting low as the Rat sculled gently homewards in a dreamy mood, murmuring poetry-things over to himself, and not paying much attention to Mole.
  2. To skate while keeping both feet in contact with the ground or ice.
etymology 2 See skull. The verb sense may derive from Scandinavian skål.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. obsolete form of skull
  2. A skull cap. A small bowl-shaped helmet, without visor or bever.
    • 1786, , A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11. The scull is a head piece, without visor or bever, resembling a bowl or bason, such as was worn by our cavalry, within twenty or thirty years.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) To drink the entire contents of (a drinking vessel) without pausing.
    • 2005, Jane Egginton, Working and Living Australia, The Sunday Times, Cadogan Guides, UK, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=wcCrVckSnN4C&pg=PA1998&lpg=PA1998&dq=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22+australia+OR+beer+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=u3SLqyF4JN&sig=T2bPfc3zOp4ukBjJlJuE_aGwo-8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5zw6UL-1B46XiAfXkYCgDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22%20australia%20OR%20beer%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 59], In 1954, Bob Hawke made the Guinness Book of Records for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
    • 2005, Stefan Laszczuk, The Goddamn Bus of Happiness, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=EM_ThcG_XJEC&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22+australia+OR+beer+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=bboiT53rrN&sig=SYXDcK8kpSi-HPHYFl_WNrv0Oag&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5zw6UL-1B46XiAfXkYCgDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22%20australia%20OR%20beer%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 75], That way you get your opponent so gassed up from sculling beer that all he can think about is trying to burp without spewing.
    • 2006, Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer′s Australia from $60 a Day, 14th Edition, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=1fJoPZ4d3m4C&pg=PA133&lpg=PA133&dq=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22+australia+OR+beer+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=P64za2qJhC&sig=JY4OiWtrUaHteMYvJhgAenVxvaA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5zw6UL-1B46XiAfXkYCgDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22%20australia%20OR%20beer%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 133], For a livelier scene, head here on Friday or Saturday night, when mass beer-sculling (chugging) and yodeling are accompanied by a brass band and costumed waitresses ferrying foaming beer steins about the atmospheric, cellarlike space.
    • 2010, Matt Warshaw, The History of Surfing, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=HTL8tumsVB0C&pg=PA136&lpg=PA136&dq=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22+australia+OR+beer+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=5-yQcvRBrn&sig=F7xT26hd9Du3nGNSi0T7grXK3rc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5zw6UL-1B46XiAfXkYCgDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sculled%22|%22sculling%22%20australia%20OR%20beer%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 136], After a three-day Torquay-to-Sydney road trip with his hosts, Noll rejoined his American temmates, unshaven and stinking of alcohol, the Team USA badge ripped from his warm-up jacket and replaced by an Aussie-made patch of Disney character Gladstone Gander sculling a frothy mug of beer.
Synonyms: chug
etymology 3 See school.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A shoal of fish. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The skua gull.
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anagrams:
  • culls
sculp etymology See sculptor.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, sometimes, humorous) To sculpture; to carve or engrave. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
scum {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: skum etymology From Middle English scum, scom, from Old English *scūm or Middle Dutch schume, both from Proto-Germanic *skūmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *skew-. Cognate with Dutch schuim, German Schaum, Danish and Swedish skum. Compare also French écume, Italian schiuma Walloon schome from the same Germanic source. Related to skim. pronunciation
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  • /skʌm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A layer of impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially molten metal or water).
  2. (uncountable) A greenish water vegetation (such as algae), usually found floating on the surface of pond
  3. The topmost liquid layer of a cesspool or septic tank.
  4. (uncountable, slang, chiefly US) semen
  5. (countable, derogatory, slang) A reprehensible person or persons.
  6. (countable, derogatory, slang) police officer(s)
Synonyms: (layer of impurities) dross, impurities, (layer of impurities on molten metal) cinder, scoriae, slag, (person considered reprehensible) bastard
related terms:
  • scumbag
  • scummy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To remove the layer of scum from (a liquid etc.).
  2. To remove (something) as scum.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii: Some scumd the drosse, that from the metall came; / Some stird the molten owre with ladles great{{nb...}}.
  3. To become covered with scum.
    • 1769, Elizabeth Raffald, The Experienced English House-keeper, pp.321-322: Take the smallest Cucumbers you can get, and as free from Spots as possible, put them into a strong Salt and Water for nine or ten Days, or 'till they are quite Yellow, and stir them twice a Day at least, or they will scum over, and grow soft
  4. (obsolete) To scour (the land, sea etc.).
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: SOo by Merlyns aduys ther were sente fore rydars to skumme the Countreye / & they mette with the fore rydars of the north / and made hem to telle whiche wey the hooste cam / and thenne they told it to Arthur / and by kyng Ban and Bors counceill they lete brenne and destroye alle the contrey afore them there they shold ryde
    • Milton Wandering up and down without certain seat, they lived by scumming those seas and shores as pirates.
  5. (obsolete) To gather together, as scum.
    • 1815, Rudolf Ackerman and Frederic Shoberl, The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics: A great majority of the members are scummed together from the Jacobinical dregs of former periods of the revolution.
  6. (video games, informal) To startscum or savescum.
anagrams:
  • cums
  • USMC
scumbag etymology scum + bag pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, dated) condom
  2. (mildly, vulgar) sleazy, disreputable or despicable person; lowlife exampleCan you believe that scumbag Steve asked to sleep with her before even asking her name?
related terms:
  • scumbucket
  • dirtbag
  • hosebag
  • sleazebag
  • slutbag
scumbaggery etymology scumbag + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The behaviour of a scumbag.
    • 2007, Chuck Hustmyre, An Act of Kindness Although no stranger to violence or general scumbaggery, Fisher was already on probation for armed robbery and thought that perhaps his junior high school buddy had gone off the deep end.
scumbaggy etymology scumbag + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a scumbag.
scumball etymology scum + ball
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Sleazy, disreputable, or despicable.
    • 1996, Barbara Parker, Blood Relations, Signet (1997), ISBN 9780451184733, page 315: "This kid, your scumball client, also has a rap sheet six pages long. He shot a sixteen-year-old in the back last year and got sixty days on a piss-ass weapons violation because the victim wouldn't testify. {{…}}
    • 1999, Lynn Emery, After All, Arabesque Books (1999), ISBN 9781583140628, page 136: "I can't help it if your uncle and his scumball friends keep crawling out from under every rock that gets turned over in this town."
    • 2006, Jack Kerley, A Garden of Vipers, Dutton (2006), ISBN 9780525949527, page 288: Another fifty grand for Shuttles; the scumball business was booming.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sleazy, disreputable, or despicable person; a lowlife.
    • 2002, Iris Johansen, Body of Lies, Bantam Books (2002), ISBN 9780553800975, page 158: "Answer me. How would you feel if I was the one who might get knifed in the gullet by some scumball?"
    • 2006, Peggy Moreland, The Texan's Convenient Marriage, Harlequin (2006), ISBN 9780373767366, pages 33-34: Recently widowed and still grieving over the loss of her husband, his mother had been an easy mark for a scumball like Jacob. Playing on her weakened emotional state, within two months Jacob had sweet-talked her into marrying him.
    • 2007, Haruki Murakami, After Dark (trans. Jay Rubin), Vintage International (2007; original Japanese novel published 2004), ISBN 9780307388889, page 84: {{…}} He thinks 'cause he's stronger he can beat up a woman, strip her of everything she's got, and walk away. And on top of it he doesn't pay his damn hotel bill. That's a man for you — a real scumball."
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Synonyms: scumbag, sleazebag, sleazeball
scumbreath etymology scum + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
scumbucket Alternative forms: scum bucket, scum-bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sleazy, disreputable or despicable person; a lowlife. Why would you waste any time defending a scumbucket like him?
related terms:
  • scumbag
  • scuzzbucket
anagrams:
  • cumbuckets
scumbutt etymology scum + butt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
scumfuck etymology scum + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
Scummer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (soccer, pejorative) someone connected with , as a fan, player, coach etc.
Synonyms: Saint
scummer
etymology 1 scum + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instrument for taking off scum
  2. (UK, football, slang, derogatory, offensive) A supporter of Southampton F.C..
  3. (video games, derogatory) One who engages in scumming.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. excrement, scumber
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. scumber
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scumming
etymology 1 From scum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (printing) The accumulation of sticky ink on a plate.
  2. (chiefly, in the plural) That which is scummed off; skimmings; scum.
etymology 2 Probably from skim, modified by the derogatory sense of scum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, derogatory) The strategy of collecting easy rewards in unchallenging areas, e.g. when a high-level character visits levels suitable for low-level characters in roguelike games.
  2. (video games, derogatory) The act of restoring a game's save file for the purpose of continuing play with a better outcome than was obtained the first time.
scummy pronunciation
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etymology scum + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered in scum. We have to wash your trousers: they're all scummy.
  2. (slang) sleazy, worthless, no good
    • 2006, Arctic Monkeys, When the Sun Goes Down (song) And what a scummy man / just give him half a chance / I bet he'll rob you if he can.
scumshit etymology scum + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, vulgar) Term of abuse.
    • 2006, Joe Rice, Why Won't She Call Me Back? (page 10) “You want your goddam rotten stinking fucking money, you worthless scumshit?” Higgins stood up and dropped a large bag of quarters on Ray's crotch. Two hundred bucks in quarters.
    • 2012, Matthew Benjamin, ‎Elevator to Hell (page 45) Just then, a loud crash came echoing from the kitchen—like a large ceramic bowl smashing against stone—accompanied by a seething feline shriek: “Get the fuck out of here, you little wart, pervert, scumshit, fuckface.”
scumsucker etymology scum + sucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A vile, detestable person.
related terms:
  • scumsucking
scumsucking etymology scum + sucking
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) vile, detestable (used of a person)
related terms:
  • scumsucker
scumwad etymology scum + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Term of abuse
scumware etymology scum + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal, derogatory) malware
scundered
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (North of Ireland, especially Belfast environs, slang) Embarassed. When I tripped over and fell on stage in front of everyone, I was scundered!
  2. (North of Ireland, slang) Fed up not content, not satisfied. I'm scundered. I'm going home.
scunge etymology Probably related to scrounge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang) Muck, scum, dirt, dirtiness; also used attributively.
    • 1986, Gary Crew, The Inner Circle, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=neoQqoTbzbUC&pg=PT12&lpg=PT12&dq=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=aW3OKhtnME&sig=hL-U3VWCNThH1E6gFpcZ6KXemS8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I4E7UIKiJMieiQfV_oHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Every saucepan he owned was piled there, caked with unidentifiable scunge.
    • 2005, David Meurer, If You Want Breakfast in Bed, Sleep in the Kitchen, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=j-yqPH-J8t4C&pg=PA68&lpg=PA68&dq=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=l2LvoQobl5&sig=Oq2FllSgT71oRtW96CZtAtEGi9A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I4E7UIKiJMieiQfV_oHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 67], We asked questions like, “Do you think we can take a blowtorch to burn that green scunge out of the refrigerator without wrecking the insulation?”
    • 2006, Kate Holden, In My Skin: A Memoir of Addiction, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=a0u_buQUVA0C&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=_tWdglWvzJ&sig=JithB5P0LC2wYVbFeL_bV5M35Xw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I4E7UIKiJMieiQfV_oHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 130], Fitzroy was the across-the-river equivalent of St Kilda. Another ragged, working-class suburb that had become bohemian and then been discovered and slicked up. There was plenty of scunge left, however; in the back streets the smell of dope wafted from the houses.
  2. (countable, slang) A scrounger; one who habitually borrow.
  3. (countable, slang) A dirty or untidy person; one who takes no pride in their appearance.
    • 2008, Pam Withers, Mountainboard Maniacs, page 120, “You four scunges need to clean yourselves up,″ Jarrad announced — ironic given his own personal hygiene, Jake thought, which was less than impeccable.
  4. (countable, slang, derogatory) A scoundrel; a worthless or despicable person.
    • 1966, Comment: A New Zealand Quarterly Review, Volume 8, page 14, The press officer was glad to get me onto the helicopter back to the airbase, as he obviously thought I must be a bit of a scunge asking political questions, when it was my job to report on how well the war was going and how the North was being held.
Synonyms: (muck) grime, muck, scum, (scrounger) bludger, (dirty or untidy person; one who takes no pride in their appearance) dag, (scoundrel) scoundrel
related terms:
  • scungy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To mark with scunge, to begrime, to besmirch.
    • 2002, Dennis McDougal, Mary Murphy, Blood Cold: Fame, Sex, and Murder in Hollywood, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=_yYOchKM-H8C&q=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=EpNaT_74HA&sig=IWWQvy71LqShBUP4VodcrAG9XYc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wJU8UKXyMI2ciAfQkYCQDA&redir_esc=y page 79], “I was scunged. ... I hated myself, hated everything, felt useless and worthless, had no friends, no love, no career, no education, no parents and no tomorrows. It all added up to nothing.”
  2. To slink about; to sneak, to insinuate.
    • 1846, author not visible, The Disruption: A Scottish Tale of Recent Times, R. M. Walker (printer), Edinburgh, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=WAwWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA341&lpg=PA341&dq=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=9BXzvj2fao&sig=ULQW5-mnnUyRj9Vy3nyXe-gJ5a8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wY47UP32BOq8iAeZzIDYCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 341], Neither will ye scunge after the gentry like M′Quirkie, and keep your creed in your hand ready to swap it for ony ither that may happen to be mair profitable.
    • 1948, Old Edinburgh Club, The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, Volume 26, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=aigdAAAAMAAJ&q=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=VxzNNE_W7Z&sig=EWa0Ehoh0U9kRKof9ZfKsl5sRCc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wJU8UKXyMI2ciAfQkYCQDA&redir_esc=y page 38], Seizing him in his arms he ran into a shop, and seizing a coil of rope, measured off five or six yards, and fastening this round the dog′s neck, set him down, and giving him a few hearty kicks — ‘Hame wi′ you, ye scunging tyke, hame!’ and thus discovered the laird′s dwelling-place.
    • 2011, C. J. Bull, When The Spirit Calls, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=Z5bBsgXbLUoC&pg=PA79&lpg=PA79&dq=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=nDUSeGamLR&sig=sR6UI1-pR63cWjFcFDrLGFqcMYw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wJU8UKXyMI2ciAfQkYCQDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 79], Each time he moved, the old dog that lay along his side would groan, complaining at its disturbance until Charlie's fingers scunged into the German shepherd′s long hair reassuring him with his familiar fussing.
  3. To scrounge; to borrow.
    • 1980, Victorian Parliament, Parliamentary debates (Hansard), Volume 353, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=W44bAQAAMAAJ&q=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22scunged%22|%22scunging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ej9YgBpStI&sig=jA_mDgmLNkRXMSuLPenX1wJ0lqc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wJU8UKXyMI2ciAfQkYCQDA&redir_esc=y page 1449], The Australian Labor Party in Victoria had a very successful result. Members of the National Party are scunging around trying to win Ballarat!
    • 2011, Nichola Garvey, Beating the Odds, HarperCollins Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=c7uPKnLspDYC&pg=PT184&lpg=PT184&dq=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=IUhQR-NMQl&sig=v3DnL417vcNotJAHnZl2F_b9etk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I4E7UIKiJMieiQfV_oHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scunge%22|%22scunges%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘…My business does all the work, and you want to come and scunge a market off me and don′t even have a bet?…’
scungy etymology From scunge + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, US, informal) Dirty, messy; sordid.
    • 1975, , Issues 4951-4963, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=pNQXAQAAIAAJ&q=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=QlR3su7o-J&sig=6oJtyNU7Gjwg-IC6ZEAyEYaLLv0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FVI7UOuZJeyKmQWJ3oGIDA&redir_esc=y page 44], …bewitched by the culinary oddities introduced by migrants from the scungier sections of the Old World.
    • 1990, Rob Kantner, Made in Detroit, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=W0YIAY6JKXEC&q=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=7yLVjsStUL&sig=chChMezeHXgmHdw6FpCfCqt8aVA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FVI7UOuZJeyKmQWJ3oGIDA&redir_esc=y page 3], “…I have been saving up the scungiest, most disgusting fix-up and cleanup jobs just for you.”
    • 1990 September, Byron Coley, Underground, , [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=b9_qs_-pof8C&pg=PA86&lpg=PA86&dq=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=XcOR48vkHI&sig=2qA_RmiI97cYdc_6d91gqr31CRk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3Gw7UPWqBsiriAf5jYCABA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 86], The cassette collects outtakes, demos, and scungier droppings, so it′s only about as intrinsically interesting as the leftover's from Ric Menck's Groovy Strum comp must be.
    • 2007, , Into the Darklands and Beyond, 2010, HarperCollins New Zealand, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=gCb0CM7DXB8C&pg=PT270&lpg=PT270&dq=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6oXV0vexZM&sig=xdpD-drRvSRY4nvgzOBnJ1DcZCA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3Gw7UPWqBsiriAf5jYCABA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scungier%22|%22scungiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], They lived in a scungy state house that was far scungier than it needed to be.
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Synonyms: scummy
related terms:
  • scunge
anagrams:
  • Cygnus

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