What does Scratch mean?

Definitions for Scratch

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Scratch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrasion, scratch, scrape, excoriation(noun)

    an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

  2. incision, scratch, prick, slit, dent(noun)

    a depression scratched or carved into a surface

  3. boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum(noun)

    informal terms for money

  4. scratch(noun)

    a competitor who has withdrawn from competition

  5. start, starting line, scratch, scratch line(noun)

    a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

  6. chicken feed, scratch(noun)

    dry mash for poultry

  7. scrape, scraping, scratch, scratching(noun)

    a harsh noise made by scraping

    "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"

  8. scribble, scratch, scrawl, cacography(noun)

    poor handwriting

  9. scratch(noun)

    (golf) a handicap of zero strokes

    "a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"

  10. scratch, scrape, scar, mark(verb)

    an indication of damage

  11. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  12. scratch, scrape, scratch up(verb)

    cut the surface of; wear away the surface of

  13. rub, scratch, itch(verb)

    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

    "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

  14. cancel, call off, scratch, scrub(verb)

    postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

    "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

  15. strike, scratch, expunge, excise(verb)

    remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

    "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark"

  16. scrape, scrape up, scratch, come up(verb)

    gather (money or other resources) together over time

    "She had scraped together enough money for college"; "they scratched a meager living"

  17. scratch, engrave, grave, inscribe(verb)

    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

    "engrave a pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"


  1. Scratch(n.)

    a shot which results in a penalty, such as dropping the cue ball in a pocket without hitting another ball.


  1. scratch(Noun)

    A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching.

  2. scratch(Noun)

    An act of scratching the skin to alleviate an itch or irritation.

    The dog sat up and had a good scratch.

  3. scratch(Noun)

    A starting line (originally and simply, a line scratched in the ground).

  4. scratch(Noun)

    A foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.

  5. scratch(Noun)


  6. scratch(Noun)

    A technical error of touching or surpassing the starting mark prior to the official start signal in the sporting events of long jump, discus, hammer throw, shot put, and similar. Originally the starting mark was a scratch on the ground but is now a board or precisely indicated mark.

  7. scratch(Noun)

    A feed, usually a mixture of a few common grains, given to chickens.

  8. scratch(Verb)

    To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.

    Could you please scratch my back?

  9. scratch(Verb)

    To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation.

    I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.

  10. scratch(Verb)

    To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a scratch (noun).

    A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.

  11. scratch(Verb)

    To remove, ignore or delete.

  12. scratch(Verb)

    To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader (see also scratching).

  13. scratch(Verb)

    To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.

    Embarrassingly, he scratched on the break, popping the cue completely off the table.

  14. scratch(Adjective)

    For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work.

    This is scratch paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.

  15. scratch(Adjective)

    Hastily assembled; put together in a hurry or from disparate elements.

  16. scratch(Adjective)

    Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use.

  17. scratch(Adjective)

    Constructed from whatever materials are to hand.

  18. scratch(Adjective)

    (of a player) Of a standard high enough to play without a handicap, i.e. to compete without the benefit of a variation in scoring based on ability.

  19. Origin: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scratch(verb)

    to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or ragged; to scrape, roughen, or wound slightly by drawing something pointed or rough across, as the claws, the nails, a pin, or the like

  2. Scratch(verb)

    to write or draw hastily or awkwardly

  3. Scratch(verb)

    to cancel by drawing one or more lines through, as the name of a candidate upon a ballot, or of a horse in a list; hence, to erase; to efface; -- often with out

  4. Scratch(verb)

    to dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow

  5. Scratch(verb)

    to use the claws or nails in tearing or in digging; to make scratches

  6. Scratch(verb)

    to score, not by skillful play but by some fortunate chance of the game

  7. Scratch(noun)

    a break in the surface of a thing made by scratching, or by rubbing with anything pointed or rough; a slight wound, mark, furrow, or incision

  8. Scratch(noun)

    a line across the prize ring; up to which boxers are brought when they join fight; hence, test, trial, or proof of courage; as, to bring to the scratch; to come up to the scratch

  9. Scratch(noun)

    minute, but tender and troublesome, excoriations, covered with scabs, upon the heels of horses which have been used where it is very wet or muddy

  10. Scratch(noun)

    a kind of wig covering only a portion of the head

  11. Scratch(noun)

    a shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke

  12. Scratch(adj)

    made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot in billiards

  13. Origin: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, G. kratzen, OD. kratsen, kretsen, D. krassen, Sw. kratsa to scrape, kratta to rake, to scratch, Dan. kradse to scratch, to scrape, Icel. krota to engrave. Cf. Grate to rub.]


  1. Scratch

    Scratch was a magazine about the art of creating hip-hop. It featured articles regarding producers, musicians and DJs that make beats for rap records, and details the secret methods, stories, partnerships, philosophies and equipment behind the music. The magazine's tagline was "The Blueprint of Hip-Hop". Scratch was owned by Harris Publications, the same company that publishes the popular hip-hop magazine XXL, as well as King, Rides and Slam. It debuted in January 2004, and was published bi-monthly. Various hip-hop producers, DJs and rappers have graced their cover, including Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, RZA, Lil Jon, Kanye West, DJ Drama, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Mannie Fresh, Just Blaze and Eminem. Starting with its March–April 2007 issue, Scratch was relaunched as XXL Presents Scratch. It then operated under the wing of XXL Magazine, with XXL's former Senior Editor, Online, Brendan Frederick, acting as the new editor-in-chief and XXL's current editor-in-chief, Elliott Wilson, overseeing the magazine as the editorial director. It was announced that the Nov–Dec 2007 issue of Scratch would be the final issue of the magazine. Harris Publications folded the magazine for unknown reasons. A Scratch blog can now be found on XXL's website, XXLMAG.COM.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scratch

    skrach, v.t. to mark the surface with something pointed, as the nails: to tear or to dig with the claws: to write hurriedly: to erase.—v.i. to use the claws in tearing or digging: to delete a name on a voting-paper.—n. a mark or tear made by scratching: a slight wound: the line in a prize-ring up to which boxers are led—hence test, trial, as in 'to come up to the scratch:' (pl.) a disease in horses: the time of starting of a player: in billiards, a chance stroke which is successful: a kind of wig, a scratch-wig: a scrawl.—adj. taken at random, as a 'scratch crew:' without handicap, or allowance of time or distance.—ns. Scratch′-back, a kind of toy, which, when drawn over a person's back, makes a sound as if his coat was torn; Scratch′-brush, a name given to various forms of brushes; Scratch′-coat, the first coat of plaster; Scratch′er, a bird which scratches for food.—adv. Scratch′ingly.—n.pl. Scratch′ings, refuse matter strained out of fat when melted.—ns. Scratch′-weed, the goose-grass; Scratch′-wig, a wig that covers only part of the head; Scratch′-work, a kind of wall decoration.—adj. Scratch′y, ragged: scratching: of little depth.—Scratch out, to erase. [Explained by Skeat as due to the confusion of M. E. skratten, to scratch, with M. E. cracchen, to scratch: skratten standing for skarten, an extended form from Ice. sker-a, to shear; cracchen, again, stands for kratsen—Sw. kratsa, to scrape.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. scratch

    1. [from scratchpad] adj. Describes a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use purposes; one that can be scribbled on without loss. Usually in the combining forms scratch memory, scratch register, scratch disk, scratch tape, scratch volume. See also scratch monkey. 2. [primarily IBM, also Commodore] vt. To delete (as in a file).

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Scratch' in Verbs Frequency: #992

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scratch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scratch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Scratch in a Sentence

  1. Glen De Vos:

    We didn't start from scratch.

  2. American Proverb:

    Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

  3. Werner Schulz:

    To start from Scratch....One must have an Itch

  4. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    A heart's wound heals quicker than a soul's scratch.

  5. Calvert Roy:

    You have to scratch your head and say, 'What's the doomsday scenario?'.

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Translations for Scratch

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  • خربش, خدشArabic
  • esgarrapar, gratar, arpejar, rascarCatalan, Valencian
  • škrábanec, škrábatCzech
  • crafuWelsh
  • ridseDanish
  • kratzen, zerkratzen, Kratzer, verkratzenGerman
  • σβήνω, γρατζουνιά, χαράσσω, ξύνωGreek
  • arañar, raspar, arañazo, rascar, rasguñarSpanish
  • kratsima, kriimustama, sügamaEstonian
  • خراشPersian
  • naarmu, raapia, viiru, kynsiä, raha, rapsuttaaFinnish
  • rayer, thune, biffer, pognon, égratignure, griffer, flouze, rayure, égratigner, blé, oublier, grisbi, gratterFrench
  • tochais, scríobIrish
  • sgrìobadhScottish Gaelic
  • rañar, rascar, cozarGalician
  • karcol, karmol, vakar, megkarcol, megvakarHungarian
  • քորել, ճանկռել, քերծելArmenian
  • obliterare, graffio, graffiare, raspare, grattare, malloppoItalian
  • 引っ掻くJapanese
  • გაკაწვრა, ფხაჭნა, კაწვრაGeorgian
  • 긁다, 할퀴다Korean
  • scalpō, scaboLatin
  • खाजवणेMarathi
  • ကုတ်Burmese
  • krassen, krabbenDutch
  • rispNorwegian
  • rysa, skrobać, drapać, zadrapaniePolish
  • raspar, riscar, arranhar, apagar, coçar, rascar, arranhãoPortuguese
  • hasp'iy, hallp'iyQuechua
  • sgriffel, sgrifflar, sgrattarRomansh
  • zgâria, scărpinaRomanian
  • поцарапать, почесать, царапать, шкрябать, царапина, чесать, бабкиRussian
  • škrabaťSlovak
  • repa, klösaSwedish
  • kaşındırmak, çizmek, kaşımakTurkish
  • шкрябатиUkrainian

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