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[skouuh r-ingz, skou-er-] /ˈskaʊər ɪŋz, ˈskaʊ ər-/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
dirt or refuse removed by scouring.
refuse removed from grain.
Origin of scourings
First recorded in 1580-90; See origin at scour1, -ing1, -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scourings
Historical Examples
  • The population of Suez was said to comprise the scourings of all nations.

  • And out of the scourings of that vast mass of chalk was our gravel-pit made.

  • They were generally commanded by ruffians, and manned with desperadoes of all nations—the scourings of the French galleys.

    Peter Biddulph W.H.G. Kingston
  • They do not know, in their pitiable ignorance, the towers and bridges that can be made from the scourings of a washboard factory.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • She carefully measured out half a pint of the unsavory fluid—the dregs of the casks and the scourings of the ledge.

  • But it is by him and men like him, and not by the scourings of the galleys, that we can get to understand the spirit of the time.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • The people for the most part were half drunk—they were the scourings from the low taverns in the Southwark Mint.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • So when the cream is off, the rest of the clergy are plainly but skim milk, the scourings of the seminaries.

    En Route

    J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Easy enough to find one of the scourings of Troyes—perhaps an innocent girl once, before she knew him!

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
  • There is a Boer laager some miles above the camp, the scourings of which—horrid thought!

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
British Dictionary definitions for scourings


plural noun
the residue left after cleaning grain
residue that remains after scouring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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