verb (used with object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.
verb (used without object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.
- scrounge around,
- scrounge up,
- scrovegni chapel,
- scrub bird,
- scrub brush,
- scrub fowl,
- scrub jay,
- scrub nurse
Origin of scrub1
Examples from the Web for scrubbing
She works as a maid, scrubbing floors and toilets of the well-to-do families in West Hartford, Connecticut.
First-generation girls were scrubbing floors and helping out.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now she found herself cooking for eight men and scrubbing the toilet aboard a small boat with no hot water.
Then the woman in charge of scrubbing the federal budget apparently not scrubbing her own taxes.
He was passing the door of her father's house one day in winter, and saw the girl out in the snow, scrubbing a washing-tub.Character|Samuel Smiles
She was still young, and her skin, always beautiful, was aglow with the heat of the bath and the friction of the scrubbing.The Soul of a Child|Edwin Bjorkman
The latter was a youth employed about the house, at that moment on his knees and supposed to be scrubbing the hall floor.King of Ranleigh|F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
We awake betimes to the rattle of the scrubbing brush and the sharp overthrow of stovepipes.Rosemary and Rue|Amber
Another young fellow, whom I afterward learned was a local physician, stood near the table; and he too was busily "scrubbing up."At the Age of Eve|Kate Trimble Sharber
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.