A person scours a dirty pan.
- An example of to scour is to clean out a greasy pot.
- An example of to scour is to get rid of fleas in a home.
- to clean or polish by vigorous rubbing, as with abrasives, soap and water, etc.; make clean and bright
- to remove dirt and grease from (wool, etc.)
- to wash or clear as by a swift current of water; flush
- to wash away, or remove in this way
- to clear the intestines of; purge
- to clean (wheat)
- to remove as if by cleaning; sweep away; get rid of
Origin of scourMiddle English scouren ; from Middle Dutch scuren ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French escurer ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form excurare, to take great care of ; from Classical Latin ex-, intensive + curare, to take care of ; from cura, care
- to clean things by vigorous rubbing and polishing
- to become clean and bright by being scoured
- the act of scouring
- a cleansing agent used in scouring
- a scoured place, as a part of a channel where mud has been washed away
- dysentery in cattle, etc.
Origin of scourMiddle English scouren ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French escourre, to run forth ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form excurrere ; from Classical Latin ex-, out + currere, to run
verbscoured, scour·ing, scours
- a. To clean, polish, or wash by scrubbing vigorously: scour a dirty oven.b. To remove by scrubbing: scour grease from a pan.
- To remove dirt or grease from (cloth or fibers) by means of a detergent.
- To clean (wheat) before the milling process.
- To clear (an area) by freeing of weeds or other vegetation.
- To clear (a channel or pipe) by flushing.
- To scrub something in order to clean or polish it.
- To have diarrhea. Used of livestock.
- A scouring action or effect.
- A place that has been scoured, as by flushing with water.
- A cleansing agent for wool.
- scours (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Diarrhea in livestock.
Origin of scourMiddle English scouren, from Middle Dutch scūren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excūrāre, to clean out : Latin ex-, ex-, Late Latin cūrāre, to clean (from Latin, to take care of, from cūra, care; see cure).
verbscoured, scour·ing, scours
- To search through or over thoroughly: The detective scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
- To range over (an area) quickly and energetically.
- To range over or about an area, especially in a search.
- To move swiftly; scurry.
Origin of scourMiddle English scouren, to move swiftly, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūr, shower.
(third-person singular simple present scours, present participle scouring, simple past and past participle scoured)
- To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.
- He scoured the burner pans to remove the burnt spills.
- To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off.
- He scoured the burnt food from the pan.
- To search an area thoroughly.
- They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
- (intransitive) To move swiftly over; to brush along.
- (intransitive, veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.
- If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.
- (veterinary medicine) To purge.
- to scour a horse