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Meaning & Definition of Scratch in English

English

Scratch

/skræʧ/

noun

1. An abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

    synonym:
  • abrasion
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scrape
  • ,
  • excoriation

2. A depression scratched or carved into a surface

    synonym:
  • incision
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • prick
  • ,
  • slit
  • ,
  • dent

3. Informal terms for money

    synonym:
  • boodle
  • ,
  • bread
  • ,
  • cabbage
  • ,
  • clams
  • ,
  • dinero
  • ,
  • dough
  • ,
  • gelt
  • ,
  • kale
  • ,
  • lettuce
  • ,
  • lolly
  • ,
  • lucre
  • ,
  • loot
  • ,
  • moolah
  • ,
  • pelf
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • shekels
  • ,
  • simoleons
  • ,
  • sugar
  • ,
  • wampum

4. A competitor who has withdrawn from competition

    synonym:
  • scratch

5. A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • starting line
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scratch line

6. Dry mash for poultry

    synonym:
  • chicken feed
  • ,
  • scratch

7. A harsh noise made by scraping

  • "The scrape of violin bows distracted her"
    synonym:
  • scrape
  • ,
  • scraping
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scratching

8. Poor handwriting

    synonym:
  • scribble
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scrawl
  • ,
  • cacography

9. (golf) a handicap of zero strokes

  • "A golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"
    synonym:
  • scratch

10. An indication of damage

    synonym:
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scrape
  • ,
  • scar
  • ,
  • mark

verb

1. Cause friction

  • "My sweater scratches"
    synonym:
  • rub
  • ,
  • fray
  • ,
  • fret
  • ,
  • chafe
  • ,
  • scratch

2. Cut the surface of

  • Wear away the surface of
    synonym:
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scrape
  • ,
  • scratch up

3. Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

  • "Don't scratch your insect bites!"
    synonym:
  • rub
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • itch

4. Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

  • "Call off the engagement"
  • "Cancel the dinner party"
  • "We had to scrub our vacation plans"
  • "Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
    synonym:
  • cancel
  • ,
  • call off
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scrub

5. Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

  • "Please strike this remark from the record"
  • "Scratch that remark"
    synonym:
  • strike
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • expunge
  • ,
  • excise

6. Gather (money or other resources) together over time

  • "She had scraped together enough money for college"
  • "They scratched a meager living"
    synonym:
  • scrape
  • ,
  • scrape up
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • come up

7. Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

  • "Engrave a pen"
  • "Engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"
  • "The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"
    synonym:
  • scratch
  • ,
  • engrave
  • ,
  • grave
  • ,
  • inscribe

Examples of using

I cannot scratch. I don't have finger nails.
Don't get drunk and, please, stop using those fuckin' bangers or my very bad and angry cat will scratch you all!
I want to scratch my nose.