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.

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Origin of scrubber

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

Definition for scrubber (2 of 3)

scrubber2
[ 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

Definition for scrubber (3 of 3)

scrubber3
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for scrubber (1 of 2)

scrubber1
/ (ˈskrʌbə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for scrubber (2 of 2)

scrubber2
/ (ˈskrʌbə) /

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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