scrubber

1
[ skruhb-er ]
/ ˈskrʌb ər /

noun

a person who scrubs.
a device or process for removing pollutants from smoke or gas produced by burning high-sulfur fuels.
a machine or appliance used in scrubbing: an automatic floor scrubber.

Nearby words

  1. scrub typhus,
  2. scrub up,
  3. scrub-bird,
  4. scrub-up,
  5. scrubbed,
  6. scrubboard,
  7. scrubby,
  8. scrubdown,
  9. scrubland,
  10. scrubs

Origin of scrubber

1
First recorded in 1830–40; scrub1 + -er1

scrubber

2
[ skruhb-er ]
/ ˈskrʌb ər /

noun

a mongrel, especially a mongrel steer.
a thin or stunted steer.
Australian.
  1. an inhabitant of the bush.
  2. any domestic animal that has run off into the bush and become wild, especially a steer.

Origin of scrubber

2
First recorded in 1855–60; scrub2 + -er1

scrubber

3
[ skruhb-er ]
/ ˈskrʌb ɛr /

noun British Slang.

a prostitute or promiscuous woman.

Origin of scrubber

3
1955–60; variously explained as sense development of either scrubber1 or scrubber2; compare earlier scrub in same sense

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scrubber

1
/ (ˈskrʌbə) /

noun

a person or thing that scrubs
an apparatus for purifying a gas
British and Australian derogatory, slang a promiscuous woman

noun

Australian a domestic animal, esp a bullock, that has run wild in the bush

Word Origin for scrubber

C19: from scrub ²

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