Definition of


  1. (noun, object) a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  2. (noun, substance) worthless material that is to be disposed of
  3. (noun, artifact) a small piece of something that is left over after the rest has been used
    there was not a scrap left
  4. (noun, act) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
    there was fighting in the streets
    the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap
  5. (verb, possession) dispose of (something useless or old)
    junk an old car
    scrap your old computer
  6. (verb, communication) have a disagreement over something
    These two fellows are always scrapping over something
  7. (verb, change) make into scrap or refuse

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Scrap

  1. "small piece," late 14c., from O.N. skrap "scraps, trifles," from skrapa "to scrape" (see scrape). Meaning "remains of metal produced after rolling or casting" is from 1790. The verb meaning "to make into scrap" is recorded from 1891. Scrapbook first recorded 1825. Scrap iron first recorded 1823. more
  2. "fight," 1846, possibly a variant of scrape (q.v.) on the notion of "an abrasive encounter." But Weekley suggests obs. colloq. scrap "scheme, villainy, vile intention" (1679). The verb is recorded from 1874. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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