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[skruhb-id] /ˈskrʌb ɪd/
adjective, Archaic.
stunted; scrubby.
Origin of scrubbed
First recorded in 1590-1600; scrub2 + -ed3
Related forms
unscrubbed, adjective
well-scrubbed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for well-scrubbed
Historical Examples
  • Andy looked as well-scrubbed and innocent as a perfect angel.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • The kid he found there was well-scrubbed, black, in his twenties, and smiling amiably.


    Cory Doctorow
  • It is by this well-scrubbed table, in this kitchen, that our biographies are to be written.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • It has no carpet, but it is white as well-scrubbed wood could well be.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • But over all there hovered that sense of well-scrubbed cleanliness which comes from the touch of a native military servant.

    From One Generation to Another Henry Seton Merriman
  • The landlady came to open the door for me as I went down the well-scrubbed staircase.

    Workhouse Characters Margaret Wynne Nevinson
  • Each person had a well-scrubbed wooden box by the bedside, on or in which to place their clothes.

  • He was a big man, fleshy but in well-scrubbed health, his clothes designed with quiet good taste.

    The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson
  • She it was who showed them their plain but well-scrubbed chambers, while their minds were at the barn.

    Miss Primrose

    Roy Rolfe Gilson
  • Big Ivan took up the earthenware pot, carried it to the table, and spilled its contents upon the well-scrubbed boards.

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