scrap·​per | \ ˈskra-pər How to pronounce scrapper (audio) \

Definition of scrapper

: fighter, quarreler also : a fierce competitor

Examples of scrapper in a Sentence

both movie critics are real scrappers, so their on-air discussions of the latest releases are often heated
Recent Examples on the Web Even without technical context, these things signify a certain value placed on outdoor experiences, a scrapper’s mindset for problem solving, and a view of the earth as something to be enjoyed and perhaps, protected. Tracy Ross, Outside Online, 30 Jan. 2019 Chudy is the membership coordinator for the Kitty Hawk Veteran’s Association, and he was involved in the effort to save the ship from the scrapper. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2022 His ragtag crew — including the androgynous scrapper Cuffee (Danielle Deadwyler) and dimpled, hot-dogging upstart Jim (R.J. Cuyler) — isn't really a match for the posse led by Elba's ruthless Rufus Buck. Leah Greenblatt,, 26 Oct. 2021 But in this imperfect picture, Craig—who nudged 007 into the 21st century, re-envisioning him as a scrapper with a soul—has drawn a closed circle around the character. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 29 Sep. 2021 An undersized scrapper ranked seventy-third in the world is not supposed to beat the defending champion, the 2016 champion, the fifth seed, and the second seed—usually by playing her best, bravest tennis in the tensest moments, as Fernandez did. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2021 Here was a 24-year-old scrapper sucking up all the oxygen with a simplistic riff on an age-old plot. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Andrew was the scrapper, the seducer of donors, the shaper of perception. Dan Zak, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 As an upperclassmen, Zalewski etched a prominent role as a scrapper. Sam Brief,, 20 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of scrapper

1874, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Scrapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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