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verb, \ˈskrāp\

Simple Definition of scrape

  • : to damage (the surface of something) or hurt (a part of your body) by rubbing something rough or sharp against it or by making it rub against something rough or sharp

  • : to rub or cause (something) to rub against a hard surface and make a harsh and usually unpleasant sound

  • : to remove (something) from a surface by rubbing an object or tool against it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scrape


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to remove from a surface by usually repeated strokes of an edged instrumentb :  to make (a surface) smooth or clean with strokes of an edged instrument or an abrasive

  3. 2a :  to grate harshly over or againstb :  to damage or injure the surface of by contact with a rough surfacec :  to draw roughly or noisily over a surface

  4. 3 :  to collect by or as if by scraping —often used with up or together <scrape up the price of a ticket>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to move in sliding contact with a rough surface

  7. 2 :  to accumulate money by small economies

  8. 3 :  to draw back the foot along the ground in making a bow

  9. 4 :  to make one's way with difficulty :  barely manage or succeed <just scraped through at school> <working two jobs and barely scraping by>

scraper noun

Examples of scrape in a sentence

  1. Someone had scraped the car with a key.

  2. I scraped one of the chairs while bringing it up the stairs.

  3. I scraped my knee when I fell.

  4. fingernails scraping against a blackboard

  5. the sound of chairs scraping on the floor as people stood to leave

  6. The boat scraped against the edge of the dock.

  7. She scraped her fingernails across the blackboard.

  8. The deer scraped its antlers against the tree.

  9. Scrape the seeds into a bowl.

  10. Scrape the paint from the wood.

Origin of scrape

Middle English, from Old Norse skrapa; akin to Old English scrapian to scrape, Latin scrobis ditch, Russian skresti to scrape

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with scrape




Simple Definition of scrape

  • : a mark or injury that is caused by something rubbing against something else

  • : a bad, dangerous, or unpleasant situation

  • : a harsh and usually unpleasant sound that is made when something rubs against a hard surface

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scrape

  1. 1a :  the act or process of scrapingb :  a sound made by scrapingc :  a mark or injury caused by scraping :  abrasion <bumps and scrapes>

  2. 2a :  the nest of a bird consisting of a usually shallow depression in the groundb :  a cleared area on the forest floor made by a male deer during breeding season to attract a doe

  3. 3 :  a bow made with a drawing back of the foot along the ground

  4. 4a :  a distressing encounter <a scrape with death>b :  altercation, fight

Examples of scrape in a sentence

  1. There's a scrape on the fender that wasn't there yesterday.

  2. I got a scrape on my knee when I fell.

  3. We survived the accident with a few minor bumps and scrapes.

  4. She got into a few scrapes with the police when she was younger.

  5. the scrape of fingernails on a blackboard

15th Century

First Known Use of scrape

15th century

SCRAPE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈskrāp\

Definition of scrape for Students


  1. 1 :  to remove by repeated strokes with something sharp or rough <He scraped a patch of crust off with his fingernail. — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>

  2. 2 :  to clean or smooth by rubbing <I scraped the windshield to clear off the ice.>

  3. 3 :  to rub or cause to rub so as to make a harsh noise <The boat's keel scraped the stony bottom.>

  4. 4 :  to hurt or roughen by dragging against a rough surface <I scraped my knee on the pavement.>

  5. 5 :  to get with difficulty and a little at a time <I'm trying to scrape up money.>




Definition of scrape for Students

  1. 1 :  a sound, mark, or injury made by something being dragged or rubbed against something else

  2. 2 :  a difficult or unpleasant situation

  3. 3 :  the act of scraping

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