- Scrub means small, poor or inferior.
An example of scrub used as an adjective is in the phrase "a scrub vegetable," which means a dirty, rotting vegetable.
- The definition of a scrub is any person, animal or thing that is smaller in size, or the act of rubbing something really hard to clean it.
- An example of a scrub is a stunted, scraggly plant.
- An example of a scrub is an intense cleaning of a dirty bathtub.
- Scrub is defined as to clean by rubbing hard.
An example of to scrub is to rub a bathroom with a sponge and cleansing liquid really hard to get it clean.
A woman scrubs her bathtub.
- a scraggly, stunted tree or shrub
- short, stunted trees, bushes, or shrubs growing thickly together
- land covered with such growth
- any animal or thing smaller than the usual, or inferior in quality, breed, etc.
- any small or insignificant person
- ☆ Sports
- a player not on the varsity squad or regular team
- a secondary or practice team made up of such players
Origin of scrubMiddle English variant, variety of shrubbe, shrub, influenced, influence uncertain or unknown; perhaps by Old Norse skroppa, a lean creature
- mean; poor; inferior
- undersized, undernourished, or stunted
- ☆ Sports of or for the scrubs
transitive verbscrubbed, scrubbing
- to clean or wash by rubbing or brushing hard
- to remove (dirt, etc.) by brushing or rubbing
- to rub hard
- to cleanse (a gas) of impurities
- to cancel or call off (esp. a rocket launch before or during the countdown)
- to get rid of; eliminate
Origin of scrubMiddle English scrobben, probably ; from Scandinavian as in Danish skrubbe, Norwegian dialect, dialectal skrubba, to rub hard, akin to Middle Low German schrubben ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source scrape
- the act of scrubbing
- a person who scrubs
verbscrubbed scrubbed, scrub·bing, scrubs
- a. To rub hard in order to clean: scrubbed the floor.b. To remove (dirt or stains) by hard rubbing.
- To remove impurities from (a gas) chemically.
- Computers a. To maintain the integrity of by finding and correcting errors: software that automatically scrubs stored data.b. To erase in such a way as to render unrecoverable: scrubbed the laptop's hard drive to destroy incriminating evidence.
- Slang To cancel or abandon; drop: We had to scrub our plans for vacation.
- The act or an instance of scrubbing.
- A preparation or product used in scrubbing.
- scrubs The articles of clothing that make up a scrub suit.
Origin of scrubMiddle English shrubben, scrobben, to currycomb a horse, rub oneself, from Middle Dutch schrobben, to clean by rubbing, scrape; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Vegetation consisting chiefly of shrubs and small trees.
- An area covered with such vegetation; shrubland.
- A domestic animal that is feral or not purebred.
- Slang A contemptible or incompetent person.
- Sports A player not on the varsity or first team.
Origin of scrubMiddle English, variant of shrub; see shrub1.
- One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
- A worn-out brush.
- One who is incompetent or unable to complete easy tasks.
- You are such a scrub! Instead of washing the dishes you put the used food on your face!
- A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present scrubs, present participle scrubbing, simple past and past participle scrubbed)
- 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; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
- (intransitive) To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour;
- (intransitive, figuratively) To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
- To call off a scheduled event; to cancel.
- Engineers had to scrub the satellite launch due to bad weather.
- (databases) 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-like 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.
From Middle English scrobben (“groom a horse with a currycomb"); From Middle Dutch schrobben (“clean by scrubbing")