Definition of scrubber in English:



  • 1A brush or other object used to clean something.

    ‘a plastic pan scrubber’
    • ‘Then scrub that area with a stiff brush, electric scrubber or very fine steel wool pads to loosen old wax.’
    • ‘Avery remained silent and I took it as a sign that our conversation was over with so I made my way out to the hall, where the bucket and scrubber waited for me in a closet.’
    • ‘She looked around, and saw a bottle of hotel shampoo, and a brush scrubber.’
    • ‘After you wood burn, use a nylon pot scrubber to get rid of the waxy residue and give the gourd a more professional look.’
    • ‘Pouring the entire, minute bottle of shampoo onto the floor of the shower, Mya took the scrubber, and scrubbed at the floor.’
    • ‘‘I was cleaning,’ she fumbled, looking down at the scrubber lying near her feet.’
    • ‘I grumbled as I made my way to where the scrubber and bucket was, I was well aware of its location after using it for so often.’
    • ‘The spokesman said a street scrubber and vacuum cleaner washes St Patrick's Street and Emmet Place only.’
    • ‘Apply products containing an antibacterial agent like tri-closan and/or salicylic acid with a scrubber daily to cleanse and exfoliate hard-to-reach areas.’
    • ‘Use it with a puffy body scrubber (those net-like ball things).’
    • ‘Whatever that is, I don't have one, so I used a stainless steel scrubber.’
    • ‘‘Spray your mat and rub it down with a sponge, terry cloth or plastic scrubber,’ she instructs.’
    1. 1.1A person who cleans something.
      ‘laundry women and scrubbers’
      • ‘I had a scrubber wash me down for 20 minutes, using scouring pad mittens and a really abrasive paste that helped to remove most of my dead skin.’
    2. 1.2An apparatus using water or a solution for purifying gases or vapours.
      • ‘However, key potential improvements, such a requirement for sulphur scrubbers, have not been properly considered.’
      • ‘If the air is dirty, there must be a missing scrubber on a smokestack or a drainpipe that needs a filter.’
      • ‘There are logically three possibilities: a dirty surface of some kind, particle-laden air, as in a scrubber or an air purifier - or possibly, both.’
      • ‘Holding a gas torch in his gloved hand, he burns some excess solder off the machine's scrubber.’
      • ‘Cleaner gas technologies and scrubbers to remove sulphur would reduce emissions to half the UK quality standards by 2005.’
      • ‘The chimneys at these fertiliser plants are fitted with scrubbers to trap these toxins, and all of this noxious material is collected in a solution known as scrubbers liquor.’
      • ‘Within six months the plant had installed scrubbers in the plant's chimneys.’
  • 2British derogatory, informal A promiscuous or vulgar woman.

    • ‘Well, look at it this way, I mean, when you come right down to it, that girl, she's a bit of a scrubber, isn't she?’
    • ‘She's a manky, self-indulgent scrubber who is certainly no role model for young people.’
    • ‘To be honest, even an 18 year old would struggle to pull that look off without looking like a cheap scrubber.’
  • 3Australian NZ An animal which lives in the scrub.

    1. 3.1informal A person of unkempt appearance.