scumble

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain origin, perhaps from scum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

scumble (uncountable)

  1. An opaque kind of glaze (layer of paint).

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

scumble (third-person singular simple present scumbles, present participle scumbling, simple past and past participle scumbled)

  1. to apply an opaque glaze to an area of a painting to make it softer or duller
    • 2000: The moon was brilliant, the path a track of scumbled footprints in the snow, the air cutting and cold. — Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass