- stunted; scrubby.
Origin of scrubbed
- to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
- to subject to friction; rub.
- to remove (dirt, grime, etc.) from something by hard rubbing while washing.
- Chemistry. to remove (impurities or undesirable components) from a gas by chemical means, as sulfur dioxide from smokestack gas or carbon dioxide from exhaled air in life-support packs.
- to cancel or postpone (a space flight or part of a mission): Ground control scrubbed the spacewalk.
- Slang. to do away with; cancel: Scrub your vacation plans—there's work to do!
- 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).
- an act or instance of scrubbing.
- a canceled or postponed space flight, launching, scheduled part of a space mission, etc.
- something, as a cosmetic preparation, used for scrubbing.
Origin of scrub1
Related Words for scrubbedrub, mop, wash, brush, cleanse, scour, abort, polish, abrade, buff, abandon, delete, drop, discontinue, abolish
Examples from the Web for scrubbed
Contemporary Examples of scrubbed
Scrubbed Graeme Wood, New York I watched online as a college classmate went from disgrace to redemption in months.The Week’s Best Longreads for June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
Off the Record ABC “scrubbed a few curse words” but largely allowed every quote to be used.Morning TV Wars: 15 Revelations From Brian Stelter’s ‘Top of the Morning’
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2013
On Friday, her personal website and Facebook page were scrubbed from the Internet.Alleged Petraeus Mistress Suggested She Was Privy to State Secrets
November 12, 2012
Also scrubbed were the latest-generation stealth helicopters, known as “ghost hawks.”Myths of the Bin Laden Raid
November 7, 2011
Bachmann eventually relented and scrubbed the VA cutbacks from her proposal.Michele Bachmann's Attack on Veterans
February 18, 2011
Historical Examples of scrubbed
The floor was scrubbed to whiteness, the very stove was burnished.Way of the Lawless
She scrubbed hard, snuffling all the time, and talking volubly.The Secret Agent
The floor had not only been washed clean; it had been scrubbed white.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
She looked as if she too had, like the step, been scrubbed a few minutes before.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
She scrubbed the knuckles of one hand roughly across her quivering lips.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- to rub (a surface) hard, with or as if with a brush, soap, and water, in order to clean it
- to remove (dirt), esp by rubbing with a brush and water
- (intr foll by up) (of a surgeon) to wash the hands and arms thoroughly before operating
- (tr) to purify (a vapour or gas) by removing impurities
- (tr) informal to delete or cancel
- (intr) horse racing slang (of jockeys) to urge a horse forwards by moving the arms and whip rhythmically forwards and backwards alongside its neck
- the act of or an instance of scrubbing
Word Origin for scrub
- vegetation consisting of stunted trees, bushes, and other plants growing in an arid area
- (as modifier)scrub vegetation
- an area of arid land covered with such vegetation
- an animal of inferior breeding or condition
- (as modifier)a scrub bull
- a small or insignificant person
- anything stunted or inferior
- sport, US and Canadian a player not in the first team
- the scrub Australian informal a remote place, esp one where contact with people can be avoided
- small, stunted, or inferior
- sport, US and Canadian
- (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.