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scourer1

[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er]
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noun
  1. a person who scours or cleanses.
  2. an implement, device, or preparation for scouring.

Origin of scourer1

First recorded in 1425–75, scourer is from the late Middle English word scourour. See scour1, -er1

scourer2

[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er]
noun
  1. a person who scours or ranges about.
  2. (in the 17th and 18th centuries) a prankster who roamed the streets at night.

Origin of scourer2

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at scour2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for scourer

Historical Examples

  • The former made wooden bowls, and the latter was sometimes a scourer, or scout, Mid.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • A nation of reformers looks like a scourer of silver-plate—black all over and dingy, with making things white and brilliant.

    Anima Poet

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • This was done in vats, where the clothes were trodden and well worked by the feet of the scourer.