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scour

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[ skouuhr, skou-er ]
/ skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər /
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Definition of scour

verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun
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Origin of scour

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First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English verb scoure(n), score(n), from Middle Dutch sc(h)ūren, Middle Low German schüren, from Old French escurer (compare Medieval Latin escūrāre ), from Latin excūrāre “to take good care of,” equivalent to ex-1 + cūrāre “to care for”; see cure

Other definitions 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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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English scouren, scure; of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old Norse skūr “storm, shower, shower of missles”; perhaps from Old French ecsour(r)e, escorir “to rush out or forth,” from Latin excurrere
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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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