\ 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

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 The ultimate Parler game: exploiting the platform’s weak security to scrape all those nasty (and sometimes incriminating) posts. Steven Levy, Wired, "Facebook Can’t Fix What It Won’t Admit To," 15 Jan. 2021 Fleshing the hide: Start by fleshing the hide to scrape off all of the meat and fat. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 For those of us in northern states, the start of winter often means carving out some extra time in the mornings to scrape off the car windows. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Yes, You Have to Clear the Snow and Ice off Your Car’s Roof," 24 Dec. 2020 First, scrape off any food scraps but don’t do any pre-washing—most detergents actually work better when the enzymes can attach to some food particles. Betsy Goldberg, Good Housekeeping, "How To Get All Your Dinner Table Essentials Truly Clean," 10 Dec. 2020 As soon as the squash is tender and browned, toss in the za'atar, thyme, lime juice and a few tablespoons of water, and scrape the pan to lift and dissolve any of the brown bits on the bottom. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Skillet Roasted Butternut Squash and White Beans With Warm Spices," 18 Nov. 2020 Since most retailers scrape by with a 1 or 2% net profit in normal times, temporary hazard pay bumps incurring 2-4 points of additional labor expenses across the store will make stores unprofitable. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, "Why Kroger's Store Closures And Hazard Pay Reaction Are So Unsettling," 18 Mar. 2021 In February, the bankruptcy court put their home on the market, giving the Singhs less than 80 days to scrape together $100,000 in debt settlement. NBC News, "How Covid exacerbated NYC taxi drivers' long-standing debt from inflated fees," 17 Mar. 2021 These tile and grout cleaning machines pack a load of automatic scrubbing ability into a device the size of a toothbrush but scrape away years of gunk in seconds. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best spin scrubber: For floors so clean, they squeak," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police saw a scrape on the woman’s elbow and swelling around her eye. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Drunk man crashes Ram, runs away; man drives Audi through bus depot fence: Brook Park police blotter," 27 Mar. 2021 The steady stream of horror stories, arriving in the camp by text or on television, has hardened the belief of many here that only two options remain for them: scrape by on humanitarian aid or return to Tigray to fight for its independence. Washington Post, "In Sudan’s sweltering camps, refugees from Tigray dream of independence from Ethiopia," 26 Mar. 2021 McMasters said got a small scrape on her forearm but was otherwise fine. Brooke Baitinger,, "‘I thought it was a bomb,’ homeowner says after car crashes through wall | Video and photos," 11 Mar. 2021 Sitting in a big oak tree, a large community scrape stained the ground 25 yards away. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Weirdest Deer of 2020," 24 Feb. 2021 In a few years, after another scrape with the law, she was musically discovered and her singing career took off. Jacques Kelly,, "Billie Holiday biopic debuting Friday chronicles struggles of jazz legend who was raised in Baltimore," 25 Feb. 2021 Turn off the heat and with a spatula scrape onto the sweet potatoes. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sweet, smoky Korean-style ribs bring heat to a winter salad," 19 Feb. 2021 Crusty snow means the grouse scrape out a shallow bed atop the snow, finding no protection from weather or from predators like hawks and owls. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Melt-freeze cycle not ideal winter for birds," 16 Feb. 2021 Add beef broth and scrape all of the good bits from the pan. John Stanton | Gambit Editor,, "Don’t forget to feed your belly after feeding your soul on Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Scrape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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