pond scum

pond scum
a contemptible, worthless person or people. Originating in American usage in the 1980s, this more colourful ren-dering of the colloquial 'low-life' became widespread in all English-speaking areas in the 1990s.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • pond scum — n [U] 1.) AmE informal someone that you do not like, respect, or trust ▪ He s lower than pond scum. 2.) ↑algae …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pond scum — pond′ scum n. mcr a mass of free floating freshwater algae that forms a green scum on water • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • pond scum — n. a mass of filamentous algae forming a green scum on the surface of ponds, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pond scum — noun free floating freshwater green algae • Hypernyms: ↑green algae, ↑chlorophyte • Member Holonyms: ↑Zygnemataceae, ↑family Zygnemataceae * * * noun 1. : any free floating filamentous alga of the family Zygnemataceae …   Useful english dictionary

  • pond scum — n. a mean and wretched person; a worthless male. (Collegiate. An elaboration of scum, less crude than scumbag. Also a rude term of address.) □ Tell that pond scum to beat it. □ Get your hands off me, you pond scum! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pond-scum parasite — noun an aquatic fungus of genus Synchytriaceae that is parasitic on pond scum • Hypernyms: ↑fungus • Member Holonyms: ↑Synchytrium, ↑genus Synchytrium * * * noun Etymology: pond scum : a fungus of the order C …   Useful english dictionary

  • pond scum — /ˈpɒnd skʌm/ (say pond skum) noun any free floating freshwater alga that forms a green scum on water …  

  • pond scum — any free floating freshwater alga that forms a green scum on water. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • pond scum — noun Date: 1864 1. any of various algae (especially spirogyra) or cyanobacteria 2. a mass of tangled filaments of algae or cyanobacteria in stagnant waters …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pond scum — n. person (usually male) of no worth, with a cruel disposition …   English slang

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