scrapper

1
[skrap-er]

noun

a person who removes or does away with scraps.

Origin of scrapper

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

scrapper

2
[skrap-er]

noun Informal.

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.

Origin of scrapper

2
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper