[ skreyp ]
/ skreɪp /

verb (used with object), scraped, scrap·ing.

verb (used without object), scraped, scrap·ing.


Nearby words

  1. scrap,
  2. scrap heap,
  3. scrap iron,
  4. scrap-heap,
  5. scrapbook,
  6. scrape in,
  7. scrape through,
  8. scrape together,
  9. scrape up an acquaintance,
  10. scraper

Origin of scrape

1350–1400; (verb) Middle English scrapen, from Old Norse skrapa (replacing Middle English shrapen from Old English scrapian “to scratch”); (cognate with Old Norse skrapa); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the verb

Related formsscrap·a·ble, adjectivescrape·age, nounun·scraped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scrape up


/ (skreɪp) /



Derived Formsscrapable, adjectivescraper, noun

Word Origin for scrape

Old English scrapian; related to Old Norse skrapa, Middle Dutch schrapen, Middle High German schraffen

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Word Origin and History for scrape up
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Idioms and Phrases with scrape up


see (scrape the) bottom of the barrel; bow and scrape; scare (scrape) up.

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