verb (used with object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.
verb (used without object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.
Origin of scrub1
Origin of scrub2
Related Words for scrubrub, mop, wash, brush, cleanse, scour, abort, polish, abrade, buff, abandon, delete, drop, discontinue, abolish
Examples from the Web for scrub
Contemporary Examples of scrub
Do as Tumblr has done and scrub her last words off the Internet—erase everything she wanted the world to hear.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Havens is optimistic that if PHA beads could be used successfully in cosmetics without losing their ability to scrub.Your Favorite Facewash Is Hurting Nemo
Alexa C. Kurzius
June 18, 2014
It depicts an exhausted Texas oil field on scrub land, an old railroad bed and a watery ditch converging in the distance.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius
June 4, 2014
The newest edition adapts the same principles to the digital age and urges kids to scrub their Facebook pages.How to Reinvent College Rankings: Show the Data Students Need Most
March 24, 2013
The contamination was ultimately traced back to a scrub technician named Kristen Parker.Doctor Accused of Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C Breaks Silence
February 22, 2013
Historical Examples of scrub
Ponds in the scrub could not easily be identified as channels.
And what boldness is this for a scrub of a servant to speak in such a way before her master?The Imaginary Invalid
I've had to let the fire go down here, an' scrub till I could ha' cried.Meadow Grass
Besides, she had tried to scrub his favorite violin with sapolio.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
I did not get into a single game, I was only used on the "scrub" in our practice.The Harbor
verb scrubs, scrubbing or scrubbed
Word Origin for scrub
- vegetation consisting of stunted trees, bushes, and other plants growing in an arid area
- (as modifier)scrub vegetation
- an animal of inferior breeding or condition
- (as modifier)a scrub bull
- (of a player) not in the first team
- (of a team) composed of such players
- (of a contest) between scratch or incomplete teams
Word Origin for scrub
"rub hard," early 15c., earlier shrubben (c.1300), perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German schrubben "to scrub," or from an unrecorded Old English cognate, or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish skrubbe "to scrub"), probably ultimately from the Proto-Germanic root of shrub, used as a cleaning tool (cf. the evolution of broom, brush (n.1)).
Meaning "to cancel" is attested from 1828 (popularized during World War II with reference to flights), probably from notion of "to rub out, erase" an entry on a listing. Related: Scrubbed; scrubbing.
late 14c., "low, stunted tree," variant of shrobbe (see shrub), perhaps influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dialectal skrub "a stunted tree, brushwood"). Collective sense "brush, shrubs" is attested from 1805. As an adjective from 1710. Scrub oak recorded from 1766.
Transferred sense of "mean, insignificant fellow" is from 1580s; U.S. sports meaning "athlete not on the varsity team" is recorded from 1892, probably from this, but cf. scrub "hard-working servant, drudge" (1709), perhaps from influence of scrub (v.).
"act of scrubbing," 1620s, from scrub (v.). Meaning "thing that is used in scrubbing" is from 1680s.