scourer

1
[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er]
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Origin of scourer

1
First recorded in 1425–75, scourer is from the late Middle English word scourour. See scour1, -er1

scourer

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

Origin of scourer

2
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at scour2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for scourer

Historical Examples of scourer

  • 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.