What does scrape mean?

Definitions for scrape

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word scrape.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scrape, scraping, scratch, scratchingnoun

    a harsh noise made by scraping

    "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"

  2. abrasion, scratch, scrape, excoriationnoun

    an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

  3. scrape, scrapingnoun

    a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)

    "all that bowing and scraping did not impress him"

  4. scratch, scrape, scar, markverb

    an indication of damage

  5. scrape, grateverb

    scratch repeatedly

    "The cat scraped at the armchair"

  6. scrapeverb

    make by scraping

    "They scraped a letter into the stone"

  7. scratch, scrape, scratch upverb

    cut the surface of; wear away the surface of

  8. scrape, kowtow, genuflectverb

    bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

  9. scrape, scrape up, scratch, come upverb

    gather (money or other resources) together over time

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

  10. skin, scrapeverb

    bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of

    "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"


  1. scrapenoun

    A broad, shallow injury left by scraping (rather than a cut or a scratch).

    He fell on the sidewalk and got a scrape on his knee.

  2. scrapenoun

    A fight; especially a fist fight without weapons.

    He got in a scrape with the school bully.

  3. scrapenoun

    An awkward set of circumstances.

    I'm in a bit of a scrape uE000163826uE001 I've no money to buy my wife a birthday present.

  4. scrapenoun

    A D and C or abortion; or, a miscarriage.

  5. scrapenoun

    A shallow depression used by ground birds as a nest; a nest scrape.

  6. scrapeverb

    To draw an object, especially a sharp or angular one, along (something) while exerting pressure.

  7. scrapeverb

    To injure or damage by rubbing across a surface.

    She tripped on a rock and scraped her knee.

  8. scrapeverb

    To barely manage to achieve.

    I scraped a pass in the exam.

  9. scrapeverb

    To extract data embedded in a screenshot or formatted medium (such as an HTML web page) by means of an automated program.

  10. Etymology: From scrapen, from skrapa and scrapian, both from skrapōnan, from skreb-. Cognate with schrapen, schrappen, skrabe, skrapa, screper, scribo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scrapenoun

    Difficulty; perplexity; distress. This is a low word.

    Etymology: skrap, Swedish

  2. To SCRAPEverb

    Etymology: screowan , Saxon; schrapen, Dutch; 'sascrôpitigh, Erse; cravn, Welsh.

    These hard woods are more properly scraped than planed. Joseph Moxon.

    They shall destroy the walls, and I will scrape her dust, and make her like the top of a rock. Ezek. xxvi. 4.

    Bread for a toast lay on the coals; and, if toasted quite through, scrape off the burnt side, and serve it up. Jonathan Swift.

    The chiming clocks to dinner call;
    A hundred footsteps scrape the marble hall. Alexander Pope.

    Let the government be ruined by his avarice, if, by the same avarice, he can scrape together so much as to make his peace. Robert South, Sermons.

    Unhappy those who hunt for a party, and scrape together out of every author all those things only which favour their own tenets. Isaac Watts.

  3. To Scrapeverb


  1. scrape

    Scrape is a verb which means to remove or pull off something from a surface by rubbing it with a hard edge or object. It can also mean to come into rough contact with something or get into an awkward situation or difficulty. As a noun, it refers to an injury or mark caused by scraping.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scrapeverb

    to rub over the surface of (something) with a sharp or rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure, cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to scrape a metal plate to an even surface

  2. Scrapeverb

    to remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above)

  3. Scrapeverb

    to collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire avariciously and save penuriously; -- often followed by together or up; as, to scrape money together

  4. Scrapeverb

    to express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; -- usually with down

  5. Scrapeverb

    to rub over the surface of anything with something which roughens or removes it, or which smooths or cleans it; to rub harshly and noisily along

  6. Scrapeverb

    to occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich

  7. Scrapeverb

    to play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument

  8. Scrapeverb

    to draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow

  9. Scrapenoun

    the act of scraping; also, the effect of scraping, as a scratch, or a harsh sound; as, a noisy scrape on the floor; a scrape of a pen

  10. Scrapenoun

    a drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment

  11. Scrapenoun

    a disagreeable and embarrassing predicament out of which one can not get without undergoing, as it were, a painful rubbing or scraping; a perplexity; a difficulty

  12. Etymology: [Icel. skrapa; akin to Sw. skrapa, Dan. skrabe, D. schrapen, schrabben, G. schrappen, and prob. to E. sharp.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scrape

    skrāp, v.t. to make a harsh or grating noise on: to rub with something sharp: to remove by drawing a sharp edge over: to collect by laborious effort: to save penuriously: to erase.—v.i. to grub in the ground: to rub lightly: to draw back the foot in making obeisance: to play on a stringed instrument.—n. a perplexing situation: difficulty: a shave.—adj. Scrape′-good, miserly, stingy.—ns. Scrape′-penn′y, a miser; Scrap′er, an instrument used for scraping, esp. the soles of shoes outside the door of a house: a hoe: a tool used by engravers and others: a fiddler; Scrap′ing, that which is scraped off, as the scrapings of the street: shavings, hoardings; Scrap′ing-plane, a plane used by workers in metal and wood.—Scrape acquaintance with, to get on terms of acquaintance. [Scand., Ice. skrapa, to scrape; Dut. schrapen; A.S. scearpian.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Scrape is ranked #134712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Scrape surname appeared 125 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Scrape.

    93.6% or 117 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for scrape »

  1. capers

  2. Casper

  3. crapes

  4. escarp

  5. e-scrap

  6. Pacers

  7. pacers

  8. parsec

  9. recaps

  10. spacer

  11. secpar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrape in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of scrape in a Sentence

  1. Theodore Hesburgh:

    I go back to an old Latin motto, opus justitiae pax: Peace is the work of justice, we've known 20 percent of the people in the world have 80 percent of the goodies, which means the other 80 percent have to scrape by on 20 percent.

  2. Executive Director Shabbir Safdar:

    Dealers are going where the money is and there are kids with money, it doesn't take more than $20, $25 to buy some of these fake pills and a lot of kids can scrape that together.

  3. Maisie Williams:

    Everyone's a threat, we're done trusting people. We're done with being pushed over. We finally managed to scrape our family back together somewhat, minus Jon Snow.

  4. Tom Iannucci:

    Where we're standing right now looked like an Olympic-sized swimming pool made out of sand, they'd have the backhoe scrape away a foot or two, and then a bunch of the agents would jump in and dig around for a bit.

  5. Patricio Gargollo:

    It keeps the area very clean and scrape free.

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Translations for scrape

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  • скрэбціBelarusian
  • škrábatCzech
  • scharren, schrammen, kratzen, schaben, abkratzenGerman
  • arañarse, apuro, abrasión, raspar, peleaSpanish
  • kaabitsema, kriimustama, kraapima, kriipima, kraapsima, kraapama, kõõpima, kaapimaEstonian
  • tappelu, naarmuttaa, raapia, vaikeudet, naarmu, pula, raaputtaaFinnish
  • gratterFrench
  • sgrìobadhScottish Gaelic
  • քերելArmenian
  • graffiare, sbucciatura, graffio, abrasione, rissa, pasticcio, guaio, bagarre, grattareItalian
  • לְשַׁיֵףHebrew
  • 削る, 擦るJapanese
  • schramDutch
  • skrobaćPolish
  • ralar, raspar, arranhar, raladoPortuguese
  • zgâriaRomanian
  • скрести, стычка, соскрести, поскрябать, поскрести, отскребать, затруднение, драка, соскребать, неприятность, царапать, отскоблить, скоблить, оцарапать, царапина, скрябать, потасовка, отскрести, поцарапатьRussian
  • గీరుTelugu
  • kazımakTurkish
  • скребтиUkrainian
  • greter, si screper, si digreter, screper, si dischaverWalloon
  • Chinese

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    an embarrassing mistake
    A fluster
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