[awf-skouuh r-ing, -skou-er-, of-]


Often offscourings. something scoured off; filth; refuse.
a social outcast.

Origin of offscouring

1520–30; off + scouring, after verb phrase scour off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for offscourings

Historical Examples of offscourings

  • All the world had turned to California; its riffraff and offscourings as well as its true men.


    Stewart White

  • The offscourings of prison and dockyards, sent over to work on the plantations before slave labor was introduced.

  • A populace composed of the offscourings of all nations—the dirtiest, roughest, one can imagine.

  • These were the offscourings of both armies, and of the negro population of that region.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston

  • These offscourings of mankind are to be received into your territory and your cities that you may carry on war.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

British Dictionary definitions for offscourings


pl n

scum; dregs
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