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1scrub

noun, often attributive \ˈskrəb\

Definition of SCRUB

1
a :  a stunted tree or shrub
b :  vegetation consisting chiefly of scrubs
c :  a tract covered with scrub
2
:  a domestic animal of mixed or unknown parentage and usually inferior conformation :  mongrel
3
:  a person of insignificant size or standing
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

2scrub

verb

: 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)

scrubbedscrub·bing

Full Definition of SCRUB

transitive verb
1
a (1) :  to clean with hard rubbing :  scour (2) :  to remove by scrubbing
b :  to subject to friction :  rub
2
:  wash 6c(2)
3
:  cancel, eliminate <scrubbed the flight because of bad weather>
intransitive verb
1
:  to use hard rubbing in cleaning
2
:  to prepare for performing surgery by scrubbing oneself
scrub·ba·ble \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

3scrub

noun

Definition of SCRUB

1
:  an act or instance of scrubbing; especially :  cancellation
2
a :  one that scrubs
b :  a powerful and especially cosmetic cleanser
3
plural :  loose-fitting clothing worn by hospital staff <surgical scrubs>

First Known Use of SCRUB

1621

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