scrub

1
[ skruhb ]
/ skrʌb /

verb (used with object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.

verb (used without object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.

to cleanse something by hard rubbing.
to cleanse one's hands and arms as a preparation to performing or assisting in surgery (often followed by up).

noun

Origin of scrub

1
1300–50; Middle English scrobben (noun) < Middle Dutch schrobben

Related forms

scrub·ba·ble, adjectivenon·scrub·ba·ble, adjective

Definition for scrub (2 of 2)

scrub

2
[ skruhb ]
/ skrʌb /

noun

adjective

Origin of scrub

2
1350–1400; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Danish skrub brushwood; see shrub1
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British Dictionary definitions for scrub (1 of 2)

scrub

1
/ (skrʌb) /

verb scrubs, scrubbing or scrubbed

noun

the act of or an instance of scrubbing
See also scrub round

Word Origin for scrub

C14: from Middle Low German schrubben, or Middle Dutch schrobben

British Dictionary definitions for scrub (2 of 2)

scrub

2
/ (skrʌb) /

noun

adjective

small, stunted, or inferior
sport, US and Canadian
  1. (of a player) not in the first team
  2. (of a team) composed of such players
  3. (of a contest) between scratch or incomplete teams

Word Origin for scrub

C16: variation of shrub 1
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