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SCRUB, v.t. [This word is probably formed on rub, or its root, and perhaps scrape, L. scribo, may be from the same radix.]

To rub hard, either with the hand or with a cloth or an instrument; usually, to rub hard with a brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning, scouring or making bright; as, to scrub a floor; to scrub a deck; to scrub vessels of brass or other metal.

SCRUB, v.i. To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.

SCRUB, n.

1. A mean fellow; one that labors hard and lives meanly.

2. Something small and mean.

No little scrub joint shall come on my board.

3. A worn out brush.



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SCRUB, v.t. [This word is probably formed on rub, or its root, and perhaps scrape, L. scribo, may be from the same radix.]

To rub hard, either with the hand or with a cloth or an instrument; usually, to rub hard with a brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning, scouring or making bright; as, to scrub a floor; to scrub a deck; to scrub vessels of brass or other metal.

SCRUB, v.i. To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.

SCRUB, n.

1. A mean fellow; one that labors hard and lives meanly.

2. Something small and mean.

No little scrub joint shall come on my board.

3. A worn out brush.

SCRUB, n.

  1. A mean fellow; one that labors hard and lives meanly.
  2. Something small and mean. No little scrub joint shall come on my board. – Swift.
  3. A worn out brash. – Ainsworth.

SCRUB, v.i.

To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.


SCRUB, v.t. [Sw. skrubba, to scrub, to rebuke; Dan. skrubber. D. schrobben; G. schrubben. This word is probably formed on rub, or its root, and perhaps scrape, L. scribo, may be from the same radix; Ir. scriobam.]

To rub hard, either with the hand or with a cloth or an instrument; usually, to rub hard with a brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning, scouring or making bright; as, to scrub a floor; to scrub a deck; to scrub vessels of brass or other metal.


Scrub
  1. 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.
  2. To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
  3. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.

    "A sorry scrub." Bunyan.

    We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. Goldsmith.

  4. Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.

    How solitary, how scrub, does this town look! Walpole.

    No little scrub joint shall come on my board. Swift.

    Scrub game, a game, as of ball, by unpracticed players. -- Scrub race, a race between scrubs, or between untrained animals or contestants.

  5. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush. See Brush, above.

    [Australia *** South Africa]
  6. Something small and mean.
  7. A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
  8. A worn-out brush.

    Ainsworth.
  9. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
  10. One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc.

    [U.S.]

    Scrub bird (Zoöl.), an Australian passerine bird of the family Atrichornithidæ, as Atrichia clamosa; -- called also brush bird. -- Scrub oak (Bot.), the popular name of several dwarfish species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the Middle States is Quercus ilicifolia, a scraggy shrub; that of the Southern States is a small tree (Q. Catesbæi); that of the Rocky Mountain region is Q. undulata, var. Gambelii. -- Scrub robin (Zoöl.), an Australian singing bird of the genus Drymodes.

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Scrub

SCRUB, verb transitive [This word is probably formed on rub, or its root, and perhaps scrape, Latin scribo, may be from the same radix.]

To rub hard, either with the hand or with a cloth or an instrument; usually, to rub hard with a brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning, scouring or making bright; as, to scrub a floor; to scrub a deck; to scrub vessels of brass or other metal.

SCRUB, verb intransitive To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.

SCRUB, noun

1. A mean fellow; one that labors hard and lives meanly.

2. Something small and mean.

No little scrub joint shall come on my board.

3. A worn out brush.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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DIFFIDENCE, n. [L., to trust. See Faith.]

1. Distrust; want of confidence; any doubt of the power, ability or disposition of others. It is said there was a general diffidence of the strength and resources of the nation, and of the sincerity of the king.

2. More generally, distrust of ones self; want of confidence in our own power, competency, correctness or wisdom; a doubt respecting some personal qualification. We speak or write with diffidence, when we doubt our ability to speak or write correctly or to the satisfaction of others. The effect of diffidence is some degree of reserve, modesty, timidity or bashfulness. Hence,

3. Modest reserve; a moderate degree of timidity or bashfulness; as, he addressed the audience or the prince with diffidence.

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