verb (used with object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.
verb (used without object), scrubbed, scrub·bing.
Origin of scrub1
Origin of scrub2
Related Words for scrubsrub, mop, wash, brush, cleanse, scour, abort, polish, abrade, buff, abandon, delete, drop, discontinue, abolish
Examples from the Web for scrubs
Contemporary Examples of scrubs
Blake escapes from the Scrubs, hides out near the prison, and then makes his way across Europe to Moscow.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Zach Braff and Donald Faison The Scrubs stars reunited to sing this holiday duet.The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
“No Scrubs,” an anthem about self-respect on the dating market.Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music
August 26, 2014
Cobb ultimately met and married Scrubs star Donald Faison, and now finds herself walking red carpets as his Mrs.When Your BFF Is a Hollywood VIP
March 11, 2014
"Creep," "No Scrubs," and "Unpretty," obviously, were huge crowd pleasers.TLC Reunites for a New York City Concert. Dreams Do Come True
January 31, 2014
Historical Examples of scrubs
She reads when she knits, she reads when she scrubs, she even reads when she feeds her babies.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
It realises the dream of some insane hygienist: it scrubs the sky.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
"They certainly are scrubs," she repeated as she bent for a closer inspection.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
One more fierce attempt, and the ball went to the scrubs on downs.
Were they to have a defeat "slapped" upon them by the scrubs?
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.