• WordNet 3.6
    • n scourer someone who travels widely and energetically "he was a scourer of the seven seas"
    • n scourer someone who cleanses by scouring
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scourer A rover or footpad; a prowling robber. "In those days of highwaymen and scourers ."
    • Scourer One who, or that which, scours.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scourer One who scours or cleans by rubbing or washing.
    • n scourer A form of grain-cdeaner in which smut, dust, etc., are removed from the berry by a rubbing action.
    • n scourer A drastic cathartic.
    • n scourer One who runs with speed.
    • n scourer One who scours or roams the streets by night; a rover, robber, or footpad; specifically, one of a band of young scamps who, in the latter half of the seventeenth century, roamed the streets of London and committed various kinds of mischief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scourer drastic cathartic
    • n Scourer a footpad
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escourre—L. excurrĕre, to run forth.


In literature:

I will not fail, said she, scourer.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Light for my goddess, and for your scrubbers and scourers.
"The Emperor, Complete" by Georg Ebers
I will not fail, said she, scourer.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
I'll see the little witch again and be even with her, or my name's not Frederick Mason the Scourer!
"The Sign Of The Red Cross" by Evelyn Everett-Green
These are matters of consideration for wool scourers.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Within the houses scourers and scrubbers are cleaning, dusting and white-washing.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
By THOMAS LOVE, a Working Dyer and Scourer.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
The former made wooden bowls, and the latter was sometimes a scourer, or scout, Mid.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
To restore that to its pristine freshness might have daunted a professional scourer.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
This was done in vats, where the clothes were trodden and well worked by the feet of the scourer.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy