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Webster 1913 Edition


Scrub

Scrub

(skrŭb)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Scrubbed
(skrŭbd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Scrubbing
.]
[OE.
scrobben
, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan.
skrubbe
, Sw.
skrubba
, D.
schrobben
, LG.
schrubben
.]
To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening;
as, to
scrub
a floor, a doorplate
.

Scrub

(skrŭb)
,
Verb.
I.
To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious;
as, to
scrub
hard for a living
.

Scrub

(skrŭb)
,
Noun.
1.
One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
“A sorry scrub.”
Bunyan.
We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the
scrubs
about us.
Goldsmith.
2.
Something small and mean.
3.
A worn-out brush.
Ainsworth.
4.
A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant;
as, oak
scrub
, palmetto
scrub
, etc.
5.
(Stock Breeding)
One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc.
[U.S.]
Scrub bird
(Zool.)
,
an Australian passerine bird of the family
Atrichornithidae
, as
Atrichia clamosa
; – called also
brush bird
.
Scrub oak
(Bot.)
,
the popular name of several dwarfish species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the Middle States is
Quercus ilicifolia
, a scraggy shrub; that of the Southern States is a small tree (
Quercus Catesbaei
); that of the Rocky Mountain region is
Quercus undulata
, var.
Gambelii
.
Scrub robin
(Zool.)
,
an Australian singing bird of the genus
Drymodes
.

Scrub

(skrŭb)
,
Adj.
Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
How solitary, how
scrub
, does this town look!
Walpole.
No little
scrub
joint shall come on my board.
Swift.
Scrub game
,
a game, as of ball, by unpracticed players.
Scrub race
,
a race between scrubs, or between untrained animals or contestants.

Webster 1828 Edition


Scrub

SCRUB

,
Verb.
T.
[This word is probably formed on rub, or its root, and perhaps scrape, L. scribo, may be from the same radix.]
To rub hard, either with the hand or with a cloth or an instrument; usually, to rub hard with a brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning, scouring or making bright; as, to scrub a floor; to scrub a deck; to scrub vessels of brass or other metal.

SCRUB

,
Verb.
I.
To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.

SCRUB

,
Noun.
1.
A mean fellow; one that labors hard and lives meanly.
2.
Something small and mean.
No little scrub joint shall come on my board.
3.
A worn out brush.

Definition 2022


scrub

scrub

English

Adjective

scrub (comparative more scrub, superlative most scrub)

  1. Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Walpole
      How solitary, how scrub, does this town look!
    • (Can we date this quote?), Jonathan Swift
      No little scrub joint shall come on my board

Noun

scrub (plural scrubs)

  1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
    • John Bunyan, A Pilgrim's Promise
      a sorry scrub
    • Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
      We should go there in as proper a manner possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us.
    • 1999, TLC (band), No Scrubs (song)
      A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly
      And is also known as a buster
      Always talkin' about what he wants
      And just sits on his broke ass []
  2. One who is incompetent or unable to complete easy tasks.
    What a scrub! Instead of washing the dishes she put the used food on her face!
  3. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
  4. (US, stock breeding) One of the common livestock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, especially when inferior in size, etc. Often used to refer to male animals unsuited for breeding.
  5. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush.
  6. One not on the first team of players, a substitute.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English scrobben (groom a horse with a currycomb); from Middle Dutch schrobben (clean by scrubbing)

Verb

scrub (third-person singular simple present scrubs, present participle scrubbing, simple past and past participle scrubbed)

  1. (transitive) To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
  2. (intransitive) To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour;
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
  4. (transitive) To call off a scheduled event; to cancel.
    Engineers had to scrub the satellite launch due to bad weather.
  5. (databases, transitive) To eliminate or to correct data from a set of records to bring it inline with other similar datasets
    The street segment data from the National Post Office will need to be scrubbed before it can be integrated into our system.
  6. (audio) To move a recording tape back and forth with a scrubbing motion to produce a scratching sound, or to do so by a similar use of a control on an editing system.
  7. (audio, video) To maneuver the play position on a media editing system by using a scroll bar or touch-based interface.
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Noun

scrub (plural scrubs)

  1. An instance of scrubbing.
  2. A cancellation.
  3. A worn-out brush.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)
  4. One who scrubs.
  5. (medicine, in the plural) Clothing worn while performing surgery.
  6. (by extension, in the plural) Any medical uniform consisting of a short-sleeved shirt and pants (trousers).
    • 2014, Jeff Jacobson, Growth (page 23)
      A man dressed as a lab tech, his blue scrubs startlingly pale against the vivid red and black chaos, moved into sight from behind the SUV. He carried an assault rifle.
  7. An exfoliant for the body.

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