One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who attacks and robs ships at sea; a pirate.
pirate, buccaneer, marauder, raider, plunderer, freebooter, privateerView synonyms
- ‘The waves applauded as the two scummers left on the Pearl leaked the remainder of their lives onto the deck.’
- ‘So came to its dramatic close the life of this scummer of the sea.’
- ‘A light came on in the cabin of the scummer boat, silhouetting a large man emerging with a rifle.’
Late Middle English: from Old French escumeor, from escumer ‘to skim’ (from escume ‘scum’) + -er.
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