- 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.
scrub definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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: Middle 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
scrub definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb scrubbed scrubbed, scrub·bing, scrubs verb, transitive
- a. To rub hard in order to clean.b. To remove (dirt or stains) by hard rubbing.
- To remove impurities from (a gas) chemically.
- Slang To cancel or abandon; drop: We had to scrub our plans for vacation.
- The act or an instance of scrubbing.
- pl. scrubs The articles of clothing that make up a scrub suit.
Origin: Middle English scrobben, to currycomb a horse, from Middle Dutch schrobben, to clean by rubbing, scrape; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- scrubˈba·ble adjective
- A straggly, stunted tree or shrub.
- A growth or tract of stunted vegetation.
- An undersized or poorly developed domestic animal.
- An undersized or insignificant person.
- Sports A player not on the varsity or first team.
- Australian Remote rural land; the bush.
Origin: Middle English, variant of schrubbe; see shrub1.