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adjective (2)

: giving the impression of being clean or wholesome as if from scrubbing
days when studios manufactured scrubbed public images for their starsSally Helgesen

Examples of scrubbed in a Sentence

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There were no young girls floating by in elegant dresses, no scrubbed and spoiled children dressed in their finery and dragged toward churches and pagodas, no whisper of music drifting out of windows. Chantha Nguon, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Feb. 2024 The New England town of Fairwood is a seemingly scrubbed, pleasant, prosperous hamlet. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Scrubs, which take their name from the fact they are worn in a scrubbed environment, according to a history of operating room attire from the American College of Surgeons, were first mentioned by a surgeon in 1894. New York Times, 9 June 2021

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Word History


Adjective (1)

scrub entry 1

Adjective (2)

from past participle of scrub entry 2

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1596, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrubbed was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Scrubbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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