\ 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

On Saturday, Reese struggled a bit, but managed to scrape up three late in the day, with his third fish coming from an area called the Spoils. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Randallstown’s Marvin Reese wins Fishing League Worldwide event on Potomac River," 25 Aug. 2019 Blend until smooth, scrape the sides and blend again. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This genius sauce turns your pasta into a seasonal stunner — no matter the season," 25 Aug. 2019 The young couple skipped fancy vacations, ordered appetizers for dinner on date nights, and lived with roommates to scrape up nearly $150,000 for a down payment on a home. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out," 7 July 2019 It’s time for the Celtics to make the best out of an unenviable situation and scrape up all of their cap space. Gary Washburn,, "NBA Draft represents a fresh start for the Celtics after a season to forget," 21 June 2019 Use a serving spoon or spatula to scrape up the delicious charred bits from the bottom of the pan and stir them into the dish. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and scrape the dough onto it. Los Angeles Times, "How to make the best kolaches from our favorite NYC pastry chef," 26 Aug. 2019 Give the sack one last gentle squeeze, then scrape the labneh into a bowl. James P. Dewan,, "How to make labneh, the luscious Middle Eastern yogurty spread," 21 Aug. 2019 An espresso machines whirls and whooshes, coins clatter in a cash register, bags scrape along the floor. Deanna Pan,, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The boys, meanwhile, lie their way out of various scrapes, fabricating long, elaborate tales of woe. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 Jan. 2019 For example, when the clocks change in the fall, that’s your cue to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, check windows and doors for drafts, and change the felt pads under your furniture for optimal protection against scrapes and dings., "The do’s and don’ts for rearranging, redecorating and renovating: Lindsay Benz," 18 Aug. 2019 Miraculously, he and another medic endured only a few scrapes. Washington Post, "In battle for Tripoli, medical workers are becoming casualties," 15 Aug. 2019 About 54 eyases, or falcon chicks, have emerged from library rooftop scrapes over the years, library officials said. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Fledgling falcon hatched at Evanston library taken to wildlife center for help with flying," 6 Aug. 2019 Now imagine those fun times, minus the scrapes and bruises, plus landing in a giant lake at the end. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Rave Sports Turbo Water Slide Is Exactly What Your Lake House Needs This Summer," 18 June 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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