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scour

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[ skouuhr, skou-er ]
/ skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

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Origin of scour

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1250–1300; Middle English scouren (v.) <Middle Dutch scūren<Old French escurer<Latin excūrāre to take care of (Medieval Latin escūrāre to clean), equivalent to ex-ex-1 + cūrāre to care for

Definition for scour (2 of 2)

scour2
[ skouuhr, skou-er ]
/ skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər /

verb (used with object)

to range over, as in a search: They scoured the countryside for the lost child.
to run or pass quickly over or along.

verb (used without object)

to range about, as in search of something.
to move rapidly or energetically.

Origin of scour

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1250–1300; Middle English scouren; perhaps <Old Norse skūrshower1
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British Dictionary definitions for scour (1 of 2)

scour1
/ (skaʊə) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of scour

scourer, noun

Word Origin for scour

C13: via Middle Low German schūren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excūrāre to cleanse, from cūrāre; see cure

British Dictionary definitions for scour (2 of 2)

scour2
/ (skaʊə) /

verb

to range over (territory), as in making a search
to move swiftly or energetically over (territory)

Word Origin for scour

C14: from Old Norse skūr
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