Definition of


  1. (noun, group) dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
  2. (noun, act) the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
  3. (verb, contact) clean with hard rubbing
  4. (verb, body) wash thoroughly
  5. (verb, social) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
    cancel the dinner party
    we had to scrub our vacation plans
    scratch that meeting--the chair is ill
  6. (adj, all) (of domestic animals) not selectively bred

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Alternate forms of Scrub

Derivations: scrub, scrubber, scrubbing, scrubby

Hyponyms: holystone, mopping, swabbing

Hypernyms: botany, cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, flora, lave, rub, vegetation, wash

Origin of the word Scrub

  1. "rub hard," c.1300, perhaps from M.Du. or M.L.G. schrubben "to scrub," or from an unrecorded O.E. cognate, or from a Scand. source (cf. Dan. skrubbe "to scrub"), probably ult. from some cognate of shrub, used as a cleaning tool (cf. the evolution of broom, brush). Meaning "to cancel" is attested from 1828 (popularized during World War II with ref. to… more
  2. "brush, shrubs," late 14c., "low, stunted tree," variant of shrobbe (see shrub), perhaps infl. by a Scandinavian word (cf. Dan. dial. skrub "a stunted tree, brushwood"). Collective sense is attested from 1805. Transferred sense of "mean, insignificant fellow" is from 1580s; U.S. sports meaning "athlete not on the varsity team" is recorded from 1892. more

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