- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.2.1 Adjective
- 1.2.2 Noun
- 220.127.116.11 Derived terms
- 18.104.22.168 Translations
- 22.214.171.124 Derived terms
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.3.1 Verb
- 1.3.2 Noun
- 1.3.3 Synonyms
- 1.4 Anagrams
- enPR: skrŭb, IPA(key): /skɹʌb/
- Rhymes: -ʌb
Variant of shrub, possibly under Norse influence. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
scrub (comparative more scrub, superlative most scrub)
- Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
- (Can we date this quote?) Walpole
- How solitary, how scrub, does this town look!
- (Can we date this quote?), Jonathan Swift
- No little scrub joint shall come on my board.
scrub (plural scrubs)
- One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
- John Bunyan, A Pilgrim's Promise
- a sorry scrub
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
- We should go there in as proper a manner possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us.
- 1999, TLC (band), No Scrubs (song)
- A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly
And is also known as a buster
Always talkin' about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass […]
- One who is incompetent or unable to complete easy tasks.
What a scrub! Instead of washing the dishes she put the used food on her face!
- A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
- (US, stock breeding) One of the common livestock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, especially when inferior in size, etc. Often used to refer to male animals unsuited for breeding.
- Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush.
- One not on the first team of players; a substitute.
one who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow
- Russian: ничто́жество (ru) n (ničtóžestvo)
something small and mean
- Russian: замо́рыш (ru) m (zamóryš)
a thicket or jungle
- Finnish: pensaikko (fi), pusikko, puska (fi), tiheikkö (fi)
one of the common livestock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed
vegetation of inferior quality
- Finnish: puska (fi), pöheikkö
- French: broussaille (fr) f
- German: Gestrüpp (de) n
- Maori: taekai, ururua, tahuere, mōheuheu, tāwhao, heuheu, taekai, tahuere
- Portuguese: mato (pt) m, brenha (pt) f
- Russian: скраб (ru) m (skrab), куста́рник (ru) m (kustárnik)
- Spanish: breña (es) f
- scrub bird
- scrub oak
- scrub robin
From Middle English scrobben (“groom a horse with a currycomb”); from Middle Dutch schrobben (“clean by scrubbing”)
scrub (third-person singular simple present scrubs, present participle scrubbing, simple past and past participle scrubbed)
- (transitive) To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening
to scrub a floor
to scrub your fingernails
- (intransitive) To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour
- (intransitive, figuratively) To be diligent and penurious
to scrub hard for a living
- (transitive) To call off a scheduled event; to cancel.
Engineers had to scrub the satellite launch due to bad weather.
- (databases, transitive) To eliminate or to correct data from a set of records to bring it inline with other similar datasets
The street segment data from the National Post Office will need to be scrubbed before it can be integrated into our system.
- (audio) To move a recording tape back and forth with a scrubbing motion to produce a scratching sound, or to do so by a similar use of a control on an editing system.
- (audio, video) To maneuver the play position on a media editing system by using a scroll bar or touch-based interface.
to rub hard
- Moroccan Arabic: حكّ (ḥək), فْرك (frək) (skin while washing, clothes)
- Cantonese: 擦 (caat3)
- Dutch: schrobben (nl)
- Finnish: jynssätä, jyystää, kuurata
- French: récurer (fr), frotter (fr)
- German: scheuern (de), schrubben (de)
- Hungarian: sikál (hu)
- Italian: sfregare, strofinare (it)
- Maori: ūkui, kōmukumuku, hūkui
- Norman: scrober
- Norwegian: skrubbe
- Portuguese: esfregar (pt)
- Quechua: khituy
- Russian: скрести́ (ru) impf (skrestí), дра́ить (ru) impf (dráitʹ)
- Spanish: fregar (es), tallar (es) (Mexico), estregar (es), restregar (es)
- Turkish: ovmak (tr)
- Walloon: schurer (wa), rischurer (wa), kifroyî, cafroter (wa)
to be diligent and penurious
to call off a scheduled event; to cancel
- Finnish: perua, peruuttaa (fi)
- French: annuler (fr)
- Italian: disdire (it), annullare (it)
- Polish: odwołać (pl)
scrub (plural scrubs)
- An instance of scrubbing.
- A cancellation.
- A worn-out brush.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)
- One who scrubs.
- (medicine, in the plural) Clothing worn while performing surgery.
- (by extension, in the plural) Any medical uniform consisting of a short-sleeved shirt and pants (trousers).
- 2014, Jeff Jacobson, Growth (page 23)
- A man dressed as a lab tech, his blue scrubs startlingly pale against the vivid red and black chaos, moved into sight from behind the SUV. He carried an assault rifle.
- An exfoliant for the body.
- (clothing worn during surgery): surgical gown
cancellation — see cancellation
clothing worn in surgery
- Finnish: kirurgin asu
- French: blouse médicale f
- German: Kasack m
- Japanese: スクラブ (sukurabu)
- Russian: костю́м хиру́рга m (kostjúm xirúrga)