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scrub

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noun \ˈskrəb\

Definition of scrub

  1. 1a :  a stunted tree or shrubb :  vegetation consisting chiefly of scrubsc :  a tract covered with scrub

  2. 2 :  a domestic animal of mixed or unknown parentage and usually inferior conformation :  mongrel

  3. 3 :  a person of insignificant size or standing

  4. 4 :  a player not belonging to the first string



Origin of scrub

Middle English, alteration of schrobbe, schrubbe shrub — more at shrub


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with scrub


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scrub

verb

Simple Definition of scrub

  • : to rub (something) hard with a rough object or substance and often with soap in order to clean it

  • : to decide that (something, such as a game, performance, etc.) will not happen : to cancel (something)

Full Definition of scrub

scrubbedscrub·bing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to clean with hard rubbing :  scour (2) :  to remove by scrubbingb :  to subject to friction :  rub

  3. 2 :  wash 6c(2)

  4. 3 :  cancel, eliminate <scrubbed the flight because of bad weather>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to use hard rubbing in cleaning

  7. 2 :  to prepare for performing surgery by scrubbing oneself

scrub·ba·ble play \ˈskrə-bə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of scrub

  1. We scrubbed and scrubbed until the floor was clean.

  2. They scrubbed the game because of the bad weather.



Origin of scrub

of Low German or Scandinavian origin; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch schrubben to scrub, Swedish skrubba


First Known Use: circa 1595


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scrub

noun

Definition of scrub

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of scrubbing; especially :  cancellation

  2. 2a :  one that scrubsb :  a powerful and especially cosmetic cleanser

  3. 3 plural :  loose-fitting clothing worn by hospital staff <surgical scrubs>



1621

First Known Use of scrub

1621



SCRUB Defined for Kids

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scrub

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verb \ˈskrəb\

Definition of scrub

scrubbedscrub·bing

  1. :  to rub hard in washing




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scrub

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noun

Definition of scrub

  1. :  a thick growth of small or stunted shrubs or trees




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scrub

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noun

Definition of scrub

  1. :  the act, an instance, or a period of rubbing hard in washing





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