\ˈskrāp \
scraped; scraping

Definition of scrape 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove from a surface by usually repeated strokes of an edged instrument

b : to make (a surface) smooth or clean with strokes of an edged instrument or an abrasive

2a : to grate harshly over or against

b : to damage or injure the surface of by contact with a rough surface

c : to draw roughly or noisily over a surface

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

intransitive verb

1 : to move in sliding contact with a rough surface

2 : to accumulate money by small economies

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

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



Definition of scrape (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of scraping

b : a sound made by scraping

c : a mark or injury caused by scraping : abrasion bumps and scrapes

2a : the nest of a bird consisting of a usually shallow depression in the ground

b : a cleared area on the forest floor made by a male deer during breeding season to attract a doe

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

4a : a distressing encounter a scrape with death

b : altercation, fight

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Other Words from scrape


scraper noun

Synonyms for scrape

Synonyms: Verb

abrade, graze, scratch, scuff

Synonyms: Noun

brush, encounter, hassle, run-in, skirmish

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Examples of scrape in a Sentence


Someone had scraped the car with a key. I scraped one of the chairs while bringing it up the stairs. I scraped my knee when I fell. fingernails scraping against a blackboard the sound of chairs scraping on the floor as people stood to leave The boat scraped against the edge of the dock. She scraped her fingernails across the blackboard. The deer scraped its antlers against the tree. Scrape the seeds into a bowl. Scrape the paint from the wood.


There's a scrape on the fender that wasn't there yesterday. I got a scrape on my knee when I fell. We survived the accident with a few minor bumps and scrapes. She got into a few scrapes with the police when she was younger. the scrape of fingernails on a blackboard
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The blade spine is used to scrape foods from the board, and the flat side for crushing garlic. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 When the gel is crumbling or sliding off, gently use a rubber-ended cuticle pusher to clean the gel off of your nail bed (do not file or scrape!). 7. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure," 16 July 2018 Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 To remove the seeds from the bean, use the tip of a small knife to cut the bean in half lengthwise, and use the knife blade to scrape out the seeds. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "There's nothing vanilla about cooking with fragrant, homemade vanilla," 13 June 2018 Use a whisk to scrape up the bottom bits, then remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Alison Roman, The Cut, "Forget Engagement Chicken. Meet Breakup Steak.," 6 June 2018 Using your hands or the back of a knife, scrape off the charred skin. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Roast Red Peppers at Home Like a Minor Character on 'The Sopranos'," 2 June 2018 Dermaplaning is a super effective exfoliating treatment in which a doctor or aesthetician uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and (along with the peach fuzz on your face). Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "9 Things to Know Before Dermaplaning Your Face," 18 Oct. 2017 To harvest larger amounts of juice, cut a leaf or leaves off as close to the stem of the plant as possible, slit each leaf lengthwise with a sharp knife, and then use a spoon to scrape the gel-like juice out of each half. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "It's Incredibly Easy To Grow Healing Aloe Vera At Home—Here's How," 14 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One 20-year old woman suffered major leg trauma while other passengers had burns and scrapes, according to the state's Department of Land and National Resources. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Lava Erupting From Kilauea Hits Hawaiian Tour Boat, Injuring 13," 16 July 2018 How about cuts, scrapes or worse from the four-wheeler? John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Afraid of bears? There are far more dangerous things in the Alaska outdoors," 4 June 2018 At nearby UCLA Medical Center, the ER has seen a few scooter incidents, mostly involving multiple abrasions and scrapes. Tracey Lien,, "Bird's scooters have flooded the streets of major cities. But can the start-up control misbehaving riders?," 23 May 2018 Court documents detail the women’s bruises, bleeding, swelling, scrapes and scars. Washington Post, "Family sees justice in teen’s death more a decade later," 11 July 2018 The laboring of our lungs and the scrape of our boots were the loudest sounds. Hillary Jordan, Outside Online, "Hillary Jordan on Her First Bear Encounter," 11 July 2018 The most common types of injury were bruises and scrapes (29 percent) and cuts (23 percent). Melissa Reinert,, "Study: 25 child bike injuries treated per hour. Here's how to keep your kid safe," 27 June 2018 The scrape of metal dishware and the chatter of eager customers rises above the sound of the torrential rain outside. Chase Quinn, Bon Appetit, "Inside the Lunch Rush at Bertha’s Kitchen, a Soul Food Institution," 6 June 2018 Police found more than a half-ounce of cocaine on Adams-Mabin, who was treated at the scene for a scrape to his forehead, reported The San Francisco Chronicle. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He woke to find a stranger in his home. The man offered to sell him cocaine, cops say," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of scrape


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scrape


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

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English Language Learners Definition of scrape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of scrape (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ˈskrāp \
scraped; scraping

Kids Definition of scrape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

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



Kids Definition of scrape (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : a difficult or unpleasant situation

3 : the act of scraping

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