\ 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 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

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Other Words from scrape


scraper noun

Synonyms for scrape

Synonyms: Verb

grate, grind, rasp, scratch

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

As flames raced over tundra and trees near the village, residents used bulldozers to scrape soil into protective berms. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Alaska wildfire grows to 5,000 acres; residents, smoke jumpers kept Levelock safe," 21 Aug. 2019 Use a small, sharp knife to scrape away the flesh from one end of the bone and along the sides. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Need a golden brown chicken schnitzel that’s crispy without being greasy? This is it.," 14 Aug. 2019 Use a small, sharp knife to scrape away the flesh from one end of the bone and along the sides. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "Need a golden brown chicken schnitzel that’s crispy without being greasy? This is it.," 13 Aug. 2019 Working over a bowl, cut kernels off cobs and use back of knife to scrape any remaining bits of kernels and juices. Discard cobs. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chilled Corn Soup," 1 Aug. 2019 Using a rubber spatula, scrape the bottom and side of the bowl to make sure the batter is well mixed. Ben Mims,, "Saturday Cooks: Fresh farmers market cherries get a boost in flavor from a surprising source," 29 June 2019 Court rules against LinkedIn A federal appeals court has affirmed the right of a startup to scrape people’s profiles from LinkedIn for data., "Amazon’s 30,000 job openings; court rules against LinkedIn," 9 Sep. 2019 Dorian was expected to pass dangerously close to Georgia and scrape the Carolinas on Thursday and Friday with the potential for over a foot of rain in some spots and life-threatening storm surge. Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019 In an effort to scrape together more cash before its slower winter season, the budget transatlantic carrier asked bondholders on Monday for up to a two-year extension in repaying two bonds about to reach maturity, which total about $380 million. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air Is Taking Last-Ditch Measures to Avoid Bankruptcy," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

HiQ scrapes data from the public profiles of LinkedIn users, then uses the data to help companies better understand their own workforces. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Web scraping doesn’t violate anti-hacking law, appeals court rules," 9 Sep. 2019 Another male suffered a knee scrape injury while falling down as the bullets flew. Alice Yin,, "1 arrested after gunmen fire at officers who saw them shoot man in East Garfield Park, police say," 7 Sep. 2019 The student suffered minor scrapes to his knuckles, right elbow and knee, according to the report. NBC News, "Two arrested in racist attack on black student at University of Arizona," 14 Sep. 2019 Reports said the man had fresh scrapes on his hands and elbows and admitted to drinking. Brian Lisik,, "Drunken man falls into side of police car during stop: Brunswick Police Blotter," 3 Sep. 2019 Twenty-two other people suffered scrapes and burns and 12 of them received further treatments but have since been released. Fox News, "Lava explosion injures dozens on Hawaiian boat tour," 17 July 2018 But the bacteria can also enter the body through cuts and scrapes, like Kennen's rug burn. Samantha Lauriello,, "This 37-Year-Old Woman Got Toxic Shock Syndrome From a Rug Burn on Her Arm—and Almost Died," 3 Sep. 2019 Usually, these bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin, including cuts and scrapes, burns, insect bites, puncture wounds and even surgical wounds. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Florida man has 25% of his skin stripped from his body in his fight against flesh-eating bacteria," 27 Aug. 2019 Keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind, your next rearranging, redecorating or renovating project can be completed without any unnecessary scrapes, dings or other damage to your prized possessions., "The do’s and don’ts for rearranging, redecorating and renovating: Lindsay Benz," 18 Aug. 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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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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