Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scrape”


verb [I/T]  /skreɪp/ us  
to remove something by rubbing something rough or sharp against it, or to rub part of your body against something rough that tears away or injures your skin: [T] Jackie scraped her knee on the wall as she was climbing over it. [T] Sheila scraped the snow off the windshield of her car. [I] The metal gate scraped along the ground when I opened it.


noun [C]  /skreɪp/ us  
a slight injury caused by having your skin rubbed against something rough: She had a few scrapes from the accident in the parking lot, but nothing serious. infml A scrape is also a difficult situation that you are in because of your own actions: Oh, he’s had a few scrapes with the law when he was younger, but he’s straightened his life out now.
(Definition of scrape from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of scrape?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Difficult situations and unpleasant experiences, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “scrape” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More