Scratch definition

skrăch
To write or draw (something) by scraping a surface.

Scratched their initials on a rock.

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To use the nails or claws to dig or scrape at.
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To write or draw hurriedly.

Scratched off a thank-you note.

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To withdraw (an entry) from a contest.
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To scrape or strike on an abrasive surface.
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(slang) Money.
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To strike out or cancel (a word, for example) by or as if by drawing lines through.
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Scratch is defined as to lightly scrape or dig at with nails or claws or slightly cut or mark a surface with something sharp.

An example of to scratch is someone relieving an itch with their nails.

An example of to scratch is a cat attacking someone with its claws.

An example of to scratch is someone carving their name in a tree trunk.

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(slang) To cancel (a project or program, for example).
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To use the nails or claws to dig, scrape, or wound.
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To rub or scrape the skin to relieve itching.
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To make a harsh scraping sound.
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To gather funds or produce a living with difficulty.
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To withdraw from a contest.
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(games) To make a shot in billiards that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball falls into a pocket or jumps the cushion.
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A hasty scribble.
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A sound made by scratching.
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Poultry feed.
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(slang) Money.
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A mark resembling a line that is produced by scratching.
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A slight wound.
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(sports) The starting line for a race.
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A contestant who has been withdrawn from a competition.
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The act of scratching in billiards.
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A fluke or chance shot in billiards.
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Done haphazardly or by chance.
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Assembled hastily or at random.
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(sports) Having no golf handicap.
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To mark, break, or cut the surface of slightly with something pointed or sharp.
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To tear or dig with the nails or claws.
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To rub or scrape with a grating noise.

To scratch a match on a wall.

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To write or draw hurriedly or carelessly.
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To strike out or cancel (writing, etc.)
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To gather or collect with difficulty; scrape (together or up)
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(sports) To withdraw (an entry) from a contest, specif. from a horse race.
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To rub or scrape lightly, as with the fingernails, to relieve itching, etc.
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To chafe.
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To use nails or claws in digging or wounding.
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To rub or scrape the skin lightly, as with the fingernails, to relieve itching, etc.
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To manage to get by; scrape by.
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To make a harsh, scraping noise.
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To withdraw from a race or contest.
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In certain card games, to score no points.
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(billiards, pool) To make a scratch.
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The act of scratching.
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A mark or tear made in a surface by something sharp or rough.
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A wound, usually superficial, inflicted by nails, claws, or something pointed pulled across the skin, etc.
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A slight grating or scraping sound.
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A hasty mark, as of a pen; scribble.
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The starting line of a race.
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In certain card games, a score of zero.
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(billiards, pool) A shot that results in a penalty; specif., in pool, a shot in which the cue ball goes into a pocket.
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The starting point or time of a contestant who receives no handicap.
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Such a contestant.
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An entry withdrawn from a contest.
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Used for hasty notes, preliminary or tentative figuring, etc.

Scratch paper.

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Skillful enough to require no handicap or special allowance in a contest.

A scratch golfer.

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Put together in haste and without much selection.

A scratch team.

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(baseball) Designating a chance hit credited to a batter for a ball not hit sharply, but on which the batter reaches base safely.
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(person, proper) The Devil.
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To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.

Could you please scratch my back?

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To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation.

I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.

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To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a scratch (noun).

A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.

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Scratch what I said earlier; I was wrong.

When the favorite was scratched from the race, there was a riot at the betting windows.

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(music) To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader (see also scratching).
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(billiards) To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.

Embarrassingly, he scratched on the break, popping the cue completely off the table.

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(billiards, dated, US) To score, not by skilful play but by some fortunate chance of the game.
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To write or draw hastily or awkwardly.
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To dig or excavate with the claws.

Some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.

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(countable) A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching.

I can't believe there is a scratch in the paint already.

Her skin was covered with tiny scratches.

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An act of scratching the skin to alleviate an itch or irritation.

The dog sat up and had a good scratch.

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(sports) A starting line (originally and simply, a line scratched in the ground), as in boxing.

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(billiards) A foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.
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(billiards, archaic, US, slang) A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke.
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(slang) Money.
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A technical error of touching or surpassing the starting mark prior to the official start signal in the sporting events of long jump, discus, hammer throw, shot put, and similar. Originally the starting mark was a scratch on the ground but is now a board or precisely indicated mark.
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A feed, usually a mixture of a few common grains, given to chickens.
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A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head.
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For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work.

This is scratch paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.

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Hastily assembled; put together in a hurry or from disparate elements.
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(computing, from scratchpad) Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use.
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Constructed from whatever materials are to hand.
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(sports) (of a player) Of a standard high enough to play without a handicap, i.e. to compete without the benefit of a variation in scoring based on ability.
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To make a thin shallow cut or mark on (a surface) with a sharp instrument.
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To rub or scrape (the skin) to relieve itching.
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(in the plural) Minute, but tender and troublesome, excoriations, covered with scabs, upon the heels of horses which have been used where it is very wet or muddy.

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from scratch
  • From the very beginning.
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scratch the surface
  • To investigate or treat something in superficial or preliminary fashion.
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(informal) up to scratch
  • Meeting the requirements.
  • In fit condition.
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from scratch
  • from the start; from the very beginning
  • from nothing; without resources, advantage, etc.
  • without the use of components or ingredients commercially prepared, assembled, or mixed beforehand
    A pie baked from scratch, a shed built from scratch.
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scratch one's head
  • to puzzle over a question or problem
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scratch the surface
  • to do, consider, or affect something superficially
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up to scratch
  • toeing the mark; ready to start a race, contest, etc.
  • ready to meet difficulties, start on an enterprise, etc.
  • up to standard; acceptable; good
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
scratch
Plural:
scratches

Origin of scratch

  • Middle English scracchen probably blend of scratten to scratch and cracchen to scratch (possibly from Middle Dutch cratsen)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from a blend of the Middle English words scratten (“to scratch") and crachen (“to scratch").

    From Wiktionary