[ skrey-ping ]
/ ˈskreɪ pɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that scrapes.
the sound of something being scraped.
Usually scrapings. something that is scraped off, up, or together.

Origin of scraping

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at scrape, -ing1
Related formsscrap·ing·ly, adverbnon·scrap·ing, adjectiveun·scrap·ing, adjective

Definition for scraping (2 of 2)


[ skreyp ]
/ skreɪp /

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

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


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 scraping (1 of 2)


/ (ˈskreɪpɪŋ) /


the act of scraping
a sound produced by scraping
(often plural) something scraped off, together, or up; a small amount

British Dictionary definitions for scraping (2 of 2)


/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with scraping


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

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