scourer

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[ skouuh r-er, skou-er-er ]
/ ˈskaʊər ər, ˈskaʊ ər ər /

noun

a person who scours or cleanses.
an implement, device, or preparation for scouring.

Origin of scourer

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

Definition for scourer (2 of 2)

scourer

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[ skouuh r-er, skou-er-er ]
/ ˈskaʊər ər, ˈskaʊ ər ər /

noun

a person who scours or ranges about.
(in the 17th and 18th centuries) a prankster who roamed the streets at night.

Origin of scourer

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Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at scour2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for scourer

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

    The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
  • This was done in vats, where the clothes were trodden and well worked by the feet of the scourer.