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scrapper

1
[skrap-er]
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noun
  1. a person who removes or does away with scraps.
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Origin of scrapper

1
First recorded in 1640–50; scrap1 + -er1

scrapper

2
[skrap-er]
noun Informal.
  1. a fighter or aggressive competitor, especially one always ready or eager for a fight, argument, or contest: the best lightweight scrapper in boxing; a rugged political scrapper.
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Origin of scrapper

2
First recorded in 1870–75; scrap2 + -er1
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Related Words for scrapper

fruitless, worthless, stupid, impractical, inoperative, ineffectual, unworkable, meaningless, idle, ineffective, futile, unproductive, pointless, incompetent, hopeless, counterproductive, unavailable, expendable, unprofitable, participant

Word Origin and History for scrapper

n.

"pugilist," 1874, agent noun from scrap (v.2). Later used generally of anyone or anything that tends to put up a fight.

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