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scrapper1

[skrap-er]
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noun
  1. a person who removes or does away with scraps.
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Origin of scrapper1

First recorded in 1640–50; scrap1 + -er1

scrapper2

[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 scrapper2

First recorded in 1870–75; scrap2 + -er1
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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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