transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to soften the outlines or color of (a painting) by applying a thin coat of opaque color
- to apply (color) in this manner
- to soften the outlines of (a drawing) by rubbing or blurring
- to make by either of these processes
Origin of scumblefrequentative of scum
- a coat of color added in scumbling
- the softening of outline produced by scumbling
transitive verbscum·bled, scum·bling, scum·bles
- To soften the colors or outlines of (a painting or drawing) by covering with a film of opaque or semiopaque color or by rubbing.
- To blur the outlines of: a writer who scumbled the line that divides history and fiction.
- The effect produced by or as if by scumbling.
- Material used for scumbling.
Origin of scumblePossibly from scum
(third-person singular simple present scumbles, present participle scumbling, simple past and past participle scumbled)
- to apply an opaque glaze to an area of a painting to make it softer or duller
Uncertain origin, perhaps from scum.