scrap·​per ˈskra-pər How to pronounce scrapper (audio)
: 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 McCrimmon’s Fanny, by contrast, has the hectic air of a jobbing performer, a scrapper more than a sure thing, one who learned to talk as fast as humanly possible before the door slams in her face. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 About the only promising thing that happened in this period (aside from the establishment of the foundation that’s been keeping it from the scrappers all these years) was that one of those owners stripped the interiors to get all the asbestos out. Brittany Murray/medianews Group/long Beach Press-Telegram Via Getty Images, Curbed, 19 Jan. 2024 The Warriors still have herky-jerk players, role guys who can do the little things right, scrappers, and spot-up shooters. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Lester thinks that there’s some special alchemy in the way Brustein was simultaneously an avuncular, loving figure and a bare-knuckle scrapper. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2023 Dexter was a scrapper himself—their bond was sealed when Cobb saved his life in a horrific barroom brawl—and also something of a pain aficionado. Sam Sacks,, 21 Apr. 2023 Harlan’s Lathan Skrobarcek is a scrapper. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Apr. 2023 The coach unveiled a template while guiding undermanned UCLA to its first appearance in a Final Four since 2008 because every player was willing to maximize his role — Johnny Juzang as a scorer, Jaime Jaquez Jr. as a scrapper, Tyger Campbell as an orchestrator. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 No easy lesson, especially for a scrapper like me who was used to righting all my worldly wrongs with my fists. Roxanne Jones, CNN, 9 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrapper was in 1874

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“Scrapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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