from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small piece or bit; a fragment.
  • n. Leftover bits of food.
  • n. Discarded waste material, especially metal suitable for reprocessing.
  • n. Crisp pieces of rendered animal fat; cracklings.
  • transitive v. To break down into parts for disposal or salvage.
  • transitive v. To discard as worthless or sell to be reused as parts; junk.
  • intransitive v. To fight, often with the fists.
  • n. A fight or a scuffle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A (small) piece; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
  • n. Leftover food.
  • n. Discarded material (especially metal), junk.
  • n. A Hispanic criminal especially a Mexican one or someone perceived to embody such a countenance, especially with affiliation to the Norte gang
  • n. The crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat.
  • v. To discard.
  • v. To stop working on indefinitely.
  • v. To scrapbook; to create scrapbooks.
  • v. To dispose of at a scrapyard.
  • v. To make into scrap.
  • n. A fight, tussle, skirmish.
  • v. to fight

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something scraped off; hence, a small piece; a bit; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
  • n. Specifically, a fragment of something written or printed; a brief excerpt; an unconnected extract.
  • n. The crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat.
  • n. Same as Scrap iron, below.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To consign to the scrap-heap, as old bolts, nuts, spikes, and other worn-out bits of iron.
  • To make scrap or refuse of, as menhaden or other fish from which the oil has been expressed.
  • A dialectal variant of scrape.
  • To engage in a scrap or petty scrimmage; box.
  • To engage in a war of words; squabble; quarrel.
  • n. A small piece, properly something scraped off; a detached portion; a bit; a fragment; a remnant: as, scraps of meat.
  • n. A detached piece or fragment of something written or printed; a short extract: as, scraps of writing; scraps of poetry.
  • n. A picture suited for preservation in a scrap-book, or for ornamenting screens, boxes, etc.: as, colored scraps; assorted scraps.
  • n. plural Fat, after its oil has been tried out; also, the refuse of fish, as menhaden, after the oil has been expressed: as, blubber scraps. Bee graves.
  • n. Wrought iron or steel, in the form of clippings or fragments, either produced in various processes of manufacture, or collected for the purpose of being reworked.
  • n. A fight; a scrimmage.
  • n. A snare for birds: a place where chaff and grain are laid to lure birds.
  • n. plural A commercial name of crude rubber obtained from the drippings of milky juice which adhere to the bark of the tapped tree and which are peeled off when dry. See rubber, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have a disagreement over something
  • n. a small piece of something that is left over after the rest has been used
  • v. dispose of (something useless or old)
  • n. worthless material that is to be disposed of
  • v. make into scrap or refuse
  • n. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  • n. the act of fighting; any contest or struggle


Middle English, from Old Norse skrap, trifles, pieces; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
Perhaps variant of scrape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English scrappe, from Old Norse skrap, from skrapa ("to scrape, scratch"). (Wiktionary)
Unknown (Wiktionary)



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