\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As butter melts, use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape browned pieces from bottom of skillet. People Staff,, 31 July 2022 The women rowed an average of 70 miles each day, sleeping in little cabins on the stern and bow, jumping into the water to scrape barnacles off their boat, wiping the salt from their bodies with wet wipes and going to the bathroom in a bucket. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 For a subtle sweat effect that stops short of being quite as sopping as Kim Kardashian’s at the 2019 Met Gala, liberally mist the crown of the head with a styling primer and scrape hair back with fingers to add texture. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 26 July 2022 A year later Mark Bolland, a young PR executive, was brought in to scrape Charles’s reputation off the floor. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 17 July 2022 Using linoleum cutting tools to scrape a design into a pumpkin's surface is easier than cutting all the way through with a knife. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 15 July 2022 Custom snacks that can scrape a frame and lift a wheel. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 13 July 2022 Without Alexa Beichler's monthly delivery of medical-grade formula for her boys, the mom of three was forced to scrape by with what was left. Georgia Slater,, 30 June 2022 Along the Vieux Port, boats are raised on pulleys, under which tanned men scrape down the hulls. Jennifer Grotz, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jacob Murphy, a spokesperson for Zeldin’s congressional office, said Friday that Zeldin had a minor scrape from the incident. Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 Jacob Murphy, a spokesperson for Zeldin's congressional office, said Friday that Zeldin had a minor scrape from the incident. CBS News, 22 July 2022 No roughhousing, though — a childhood scrape could have cost her her divinity. New York Times, 15 July 2022 Things remain simpler at Verizon’s two rivals: AT&T and T-Mobile each scrape by with three unlimited-data plans, each of which covers their full range of 5G services. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 12 July 2022 The appliance comes with several attachments including a steamer jet nozzle, window squeegee, an angled nozzle, a scrape tool, and three brush heads to successfully clean multiple surfaces in one handy tool. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2022 Better to avoid the risk of paying an outrageous fee for something as small as a cracked headlight or a small scrape on the rearview mirror housings. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 Police observed scrape marks on the retaining wall but no further damage. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 5 May 2022 Most boats can’t pass over wing dams without losing a propeller or a motor, but a canoe can usually glide by without a scrape. Frank Bures, Outside Online, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for scrape


\ 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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