how to pronounce scour


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the above transcription of scour is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

scour is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of scour in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… about this and i started to scour more …”

meanings of scour


  1. To search an area thoroughly.
  2. To run with speed; to scurry.
  3. To move swiftly over; to brush along.
  4. To cleanse (without rubbing).
  5. To clear the digestive tract by administering medication that induces defecation or vomiting; to purge.
  6. To (cause livestock to) suffer from diarrhoea or dysentery.
  7. To remove debris and dirt by purging; to sweep along or off (by a current of water).
  8. To clean, polish, or wash something by rubbing and scrubbing it vigorously, frequently with an abrasive or cleaning agent.


  1. A place scoured out by running water, as in the bed of a stream below a waterfall.
  2. A place where wool is washed to remove grease and impurities prior to processing.
  3. The removal of sediment caused by swiftly moving water.

scour frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word scour occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics scour can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that scour can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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