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Question 1 of 7
Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

Origin of scrub

1
First recorded in 1300–50; of uncertain origin; Middle English verb scrobben, shrubben, borrowed from or related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schrobben “to scrub, scrape”

OTHER WORDS FROM scrub

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

Definition for scrub (2 of 2)

scrub2
[ skruhb ]
/ skrʌb /

noun

adjective

Origin of scrub

2
1350–1400; Middle English <Scandinavian; compare dialectal Danish skrub brushwood; see shrub1
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Example sentences from the Web for scrub

British Dictionary definitions for scrub (1 of 2)

scrub1
/ (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)

scrub2
/ (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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