scour

1
[ skouuhr, skou-er ]
/ skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. scottsdale,
  2. scotty,
  3. scotus,
  4. scoundrel,
  5. scoundrelly,
  6. scourer,
  7. scourge,
  8. scouring pad,
  9. scouring rush,
  10. scourings

Origin of scour

1
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

SYNONYMS FOR scour

scour

2
[ 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

2
1250–1300; Middle English scouren; perhaps < Old Norse skūr shower1

SYNONYMS FOR scour
1. comb, rake, scan.

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British Dictionary definitions for scoured

scour

1
/ (skaʊə) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsscourer, 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

scour

2
/ (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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