from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The refuse that remains after scouring grain.
  • Dregs; scum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of scouring.


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  • Pardon me speaking that way of one that may be an intimate of your own, but to be quite honest, the Scots gentlemen living on the Scots Fund in France in these days were what I call the scourings of the Hielan's.

    Doom Castle

  • Oh, Fitzmaurice and the Jesuits land at Smerwick, with three ships, choose a place for a fort, bless it with their holy water, and their moppings and their scourings, and the rest of it, to purify it from the stain of heretic dominion; but in the meanwhile one of the Courtenays, — a Courtenay of

    Westward Ho!

  • Poor in spirit, but most rich in faith, off-scourings of the world and salt of the earth, despisers of the world and fishers of men, how happy are ye, if suffering penury for Christ ye know how to possess your souls in patience!

    The Love of Books : The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

  • At night, when I walk across the lonely place, it is impossible to avoid hearing, amid the scourings of the wind over the grass-bents and thistles, the old trumpet and bugle calls, the rattle of the halters; to help seeing rows of spectral tents and the impedimenta of the soldiery.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • There were some two or three brothers by the name of Slack; the rest of the company was made up of the off-scourings of wretched humanity.

    Living in Dryden: Willow Glen

  • He rose up in a whirlwind, choked with dirt and the scourings of blood.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Xenel, so lately subject to the scourings of the Moors.

    Washington Irving

  • But I know no custom more beastly than that of using water-glasses, in which polite company spirt, and squirt, and spue the filthy scourings of their gums, under the eyes of each other.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Some people say it smells of rotten eggs, and others compare it to the scourings of a foul gun. —

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • While never having met the man in person, Peart immediately recognized Temporal Investigations Special Agent Dulmer from his required scourings of department communiqués and classified files.

    No Limits


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