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Definition of "scratch" []

  • To make a thin shallow cut or mark on (a surface) with a sharp instrument. (verb-transitive)
  • To use the nails or claws to dig or scrape at. (verb-transitive)
  • To rub or scrape (the skin) to relieve itching. (verb-transitive)
  • To scrape or strike on an abrasive surface. (verb-transitive)
  • To write or draw (something) by scraping a surface: scratched their initials on a rock. (verb-transitive)
  • To mark or cut (the surface of something) with a rough or sharp instrument (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To scrape (the surface of something), as with claws, nails, etc (verb)
  • To scrape (the surface of the skin) with the nails, as to relieve itching (verb)
  • To chafe or irritate (a surface, esp the skin) (verb)
  • To make or cause to make a grating sound; scrape (verb)
  • To erase by or as if by scraping (verb)
  • To write or draw awkwardly (verb)
  • To earn a living, manage, etc, with difficulty (verb)
  • To withdraw (an entry) from a race, match, etc (verb)
  • To make a shot resulting in a penalty (verb)
  • To make a lucky shot (verb)
  • To cancel (the name of a candidate) from a party ticket in an election (verb)
  • To be struggling or in difficulty, esp in earning a living (verb)
  • To treat (a subject) superficially (verb)
  • The act of scratching (noun)
  • A slight injury (noun)
  • A mark made by scratching (noun)
  • A slight grating sound (noun)
  • A competitor or the status of a competitor who has no allowance or receives a penalty (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The time, initial score, etc, of such a competitor (noun)
  • The line from which competitors start in a race (noun)
  • (formerly) a line drawn on the floor of a prize ring at which the contestants stood to begin or continue fighting (noun)
  • A withdrawn competitor in a race, etc (noun)
  • A shot that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball enters the pocket (noun)
  • A lucky shot (noun)
  • Poultry food (noun)
  • (of a team) assembled hastily (adjective)
  • (in a handicap sport) with no allowance or penalty (adjective)
  • Rough or haphazard (adjective)

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Use "scratch" in a sentence
  • "Later he was roused by a "_Scratch, scratch, scratch_" close to him."
  • "Not going to buy it ... * scratch scratch* ... not going to buy it."
  • "There is what they call the scratch line, and when the dog crosses that line he is “scratched,” meaning he has full intent to get involved in the fight."