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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)

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.

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."