• To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.
  • To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation; to cause itching.
  • To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a scratch (noun).
  • To cross out, strike out, strike through some text on a page.
  • To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader (see also scratching).
  • To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.
  • To score, not by skillful play but by some fortunate chance of the game.
  • To write or draw hastily or awkwardly; scrawl.
  • To dig or excavate with the claws.
  • To dig or scrape (a person's skin) with claws or fingernails in self-defense or with the intention to injure.
  • To announce one's non-participation in a race or sports event part of a larger sports meeting that they were previously signed up for, usually in lieu of another event at the same meeting.


  • A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching.
  • An act of scratching the skin to alleviate an itch or irritation.
  • Money.
  • A feed, usually a mixture of a few common grains, given to chickens.
  • 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.
  • A scratch wig.
  • A genre of Virgin Islander music, better known as fungi.


  • For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work.
  • Hastily assembled, arranged or constructed, from whatever materials are to hand, with little or no preparation
  • Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use.
  • (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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  • From Middle English scracchen, of uncertain origin. Probably a blend of Middle English scratten and cracchen. More at scrat and cratch.

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