\ ˈskrāp How to pronounce scrape (audio) \
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 togetherscrape 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

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Other Words from scrape


scraper noun

Synonyms for scrape

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of scrape in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun 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 Be sure to scrape off and discard the black gills from the underside of the portobello mushrooms, or the gills will turn the entire pâté an unattractive black color. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2020 party food: 24 essential dips, including the ultimate guacamole and Buffalo Chicken Dip," 29 Jan. 2020 In the past, companies have sued websites that scrape information, accusing them of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an anti-hacking law. New York Times, "Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site’s Photos," 22 Jan. 2020 Cut vanilla bean lengthwise in half and scrape seeds into potatoes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Vanilla Roasted Sweet Potatoes," 21 Dec. 2019 Turn off mixer, scrape down sides of bowl with a spatula. al, "How to make 3 gingerbread recipes for the holidays," 18 Dec. 2019 Working in batches if necessary, scrape the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large French star pastry tip, or use a resealable plastic bag with the tip cut off. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The golden crunch of Churros for Hanukkah," 13 Dec. 2019 To collect frankincense, harvesters make incisions into the trunks and scrape out the oozing sap, which hardens into frankincense resin. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Frankincense trees—of biblical lore—are being tapped out for essential oils," 13 Dec. 2019 One of my best Colorado whitetail stands isn’t on a rub or scrape line, but rather in a spot where deer pellets traditionally abound. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "9 Deer Pellet Facts That Can Help You Get Your Buck," 2 Dec. 2019 Spread the jam in an even layer, and scrape off any excess. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 Holiday Cookie Contest winning recipes, ahead of this year's Dec. 4 reveal," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Several officers received minor scrapes, bruises and cuts, authorities said. Arkansas Online, "Police ID slain Fayetteville officer, suspect; 'worst day' in department history, chief says," 8 Dec. 2019 Trying to protect kids from every bump, scrape, and bruise prevents them from figuring out risk management on their own. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "When Is the Right Time to Take Kids on a Big Adventure?," 1 Dec. 2019 Baxter also had scrapes and bruises on his hands, forehead, knee and arm. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Everett Miller ‘wanted to make a statement’ in killings of 2 Kissimmee cops, prosecutor tells jurors," 11 Sep. 2019 Hauschild got stitches on her right arm, and Hallock had some minor scrapes on his legs. Washington Post, "US water polo player recalls balcony accident at worlds," 29 July 2019 In addition to the head wound, the woman suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a ruptured spleen, along with bruises and scrapes on other areas of her body. Townsel’s attorney, Marcus Almon, declined comment. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man accused of shoving his girlfriend out of a moving vehicle enters Alford plea," 19 Dec. 2019 The child, who is not identified, appears to have several cuts and scrapes but looks otherwise OK, in a series of photos the department posted of the victim and his brother in a newer suburban neighborhood. Tiffini Theisen,, "Adorable photos show Florida SWAT members visiting boy, 6, hit by car on Halloween," 6 Nov. 2019 The victim had cuts and scrapes, according to the report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: Woman loses nearly $50K to person met on dating site," 2 Oct. 2019 My grandma used it for literally everything: mosquito bites, zits, bruises, scrapes, and cuts! Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Products Latinxs Swear by Thanks to Their Moms and Abuelas," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of scrape was in the 14th century

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5 Feb 2020

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“Scrape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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
informal : a bad, dangerous, or unpleasant situation
: a harsh and usually unpleasant sound that is made when something rubs against a hard surface


\ ˈskrāp How to pronounce scrape (audio) \
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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