[ skouuhr-ingz, skou-er- ]
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noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. dirt or refuse removed by scouring.

  2. refuse removed from grain.

Origin of scourings

First recorded in 1580–90; see origin at scour1, -ing1, -s3

Words Nearby scourings Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scourings in a sentence

  • Whence come these churchyard scourings, these skulls and crossbones set up on end?

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Most of the gilding was worn off by the frequent scourings which it had undergone beneath the hands of a black slave.

    Grandfather's Chair | Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But it is by him and men like him, and not by the scourings of the galleys, that we can get to understand the spirit of the time.

    Lectures on the French Revolution | John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • So when the cream is off, the rest of the clergy are plainly but skim milk, the scourings of the seminaries.

    En Route | J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Easy enough to find one of the scourings of Troyes—perhaps an innocent girl once, before she knew him!

    In the Day of Adversity | John Bloundelle-Burton

British Dictionary definitions for scourings


/ (ˈskaʊərɪŋz) /

pl n
  1. the residue left after cleaning grain

  2. residue that remains after scouring

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