- The definition of a scavenger is a person, animal or insect who takes what others have left or thrown away.
- An example of a scavenger is a vulture.
- An example of a scavenger is someone who takes usable items from dumpsters.
The vulture is a scavenger.
- a person who gathers things that have been discarded by others, as a junkman
- any animal that eats refuse and decaying organic matter
- anything that removes impurities, refuse, etc.
- Chiefly Brit. a person employed to clean the streets, collect refuse, etc.
Origin of scavengerMiddle English scavager ; from Anglo-French scawage, inspection ; from Norman French escauwer, to inspect ; from Flemish scawen or Frankish scouwon, to peer at, observe, akin to Old English sceawian, show
- An animal, such as a vulture or housefly, that feeds on dead or decaying matter.
- One that scavenges, as a person who searches through refuse for useful items.
- Chemistry A substance added to a mixture to remove or inactivate impurities.
Origin of scavengerAlteration of Middle English scauager, schavager, official charged with street maintenance, from Anglo-Norman scawager, toll collector, from scawage, a tax on the goods of foreign merchants, from Flemish scauwen, to look at, show.
From Middle English scavager, from Old French scawageour (â€œone who had to do with scavage, inspector, tax collectorâ€), from Old French *scawage, *scavage, escavage, escauwage (â€œscavageâ€), alteration of escauvinghe (compare also Medieval Latin scewinga, sceawinga), from Middle English schewing (â€œinspection, examinationâ€), from Old English scÄ“awung (â€œreconnoitering, surveying, inspection, examination, scrutinyâ€), equivalent to showing.