- 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: freq. of scum
- a coat of color added in scumbling
- the softening of outline produced by scumbling
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transitive verb scum·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: Possibly from scum.