- a lean or scrawny person or animal.
- the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
- Slang. the neck of a human being.
- Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
- Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.
Origin of scrag
Examples from the Web for scrag
There was no trouble about our going among them so long as Scrag did not wind us.The Trail Book
Make the gravy of a scrag of mutton, a tea-spoonful of lemon pickle, a large spoonful of ketchup, and the same of browning.
He turned about, stared at the plate, stared from the plate to the dish of scrag.
The meat on the plate was pork, and the dish of scrag was empty.
Hunt for the spirit of the coming ruction and try to scrag it!King--of the Khyber Rifles
- a thin or scrawny person or animal
- the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
- informal the neck of a human being
- informal to wring the neck of; throttle
Word Origin and History for scrag
1540s, "lean person or animal, a raw-bones;" perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skragg "a lean person;" dialectal Swedish skraka "a great, dry tree; a long, lean man," skragge "old and torn thing," Danish skrog "hull of a ship, carcass," Icelandic skröggr, a nickname of the fox); perhaps from root of shrink.