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[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er]
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  1. a person who scours or cleanses.
  2. an implement, device, or preparation for scouring.
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Origin of scourer1

First recorded in 1425–75, scourer is from the late Middle English word scourour. See scour1, -er1


[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er]
  1. a person who scours or ranges about.
  2. (in the 17th and 18th centuries) a prankster who roamed the streets at night.
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Origin of scourer2

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at scour2, -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for scourer

Historical Examples

  • The former made wooden bowls, and the latter was sometimes a scourer, or scout, Mid.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • A nation of reformers looks like a scourer of silver-plate—black all over and dingy, with making things white and brilliant.

    Anima Poet

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • This was done in vats, where the clothes were trodden and well worked by the feet of the scourer.