scrap

1
[skrap]

noun

adjective

verb (used with object), scrapped, scrap·ping.

to make into scraps or scrap; break up: to scrap old cars.
to discard as useless, worthless, or ineffective: He urged that we scrap the old method of teaching mathematics.

Origin of scrap

1
1350–1400; Middle English scrappe (noun) < Old Norse skrap, derivative of skrapa to scrape
Related formsscrap·ping·ly, adverb

scrap

2
[skrap]Informal.

noun

a fight or quarrel: She got into a scrap with her in-laws.

verb (used without object), scrapped, scrap·ping.

to engage in a fight or quarrel.

Origin of scrap

2
First recorded in 1670–80; variant of scrape
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British Dictionary definitions for scrapping

scrap

1

noun

a small piece of something larger; fragment
an extract from something written
  1. waste material or used articles, esp metal, often collected and reprocessed
  2. (as modifier)scrap iron
(plural) pieces of discarded food

verb scraps, scrapping or scrapped (tr)

to make into scrap
to discard as useless

Word Origin for scrap

C14: from Old Norse skrap; see scrape

scrap

2

noun

a fight or argument

verb scraps, scrapping or scrapped

(intr) to quarrel or fight

Word Origin for scrap

C17: perhaps from scrape
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Word Origin and History for scrapping

scrap

n.1

"small piece," late 14c., from Old Norse skrap "scraps, trifles," from skrapa "to scrape, scratch, cut" (see scrape (v.)). Meaning "remains of metal produced after rolling or casting" is from 1790. Scrap iron first recorded 1794.

scrap

n.2

"fight," 1846, possibly a variant of scrape (n.1) on the notion of "an abrasive encounter." Weekley and OED suggest obsolete colloquial scrap "scheme, villainy, vile intention" (1670s).

scrap

v.2

"to fight, brawl, box," 1867, colloquial, from scrap (n.2). Related: Scrapped; scrapping.

scrap

v.1

"to make into scrap," 1883 (of old locomotives), from scrap (n.1). Related: Scrapped; scrapping.

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