Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who scratches.
  • n. A piece of equipment used to scratch part of the body to relieve an itch.
  • n. A scratch card.
  • n. Any rasorial bird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, scratches; specifically (Zoöl.), any rasorial bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which scratches.
  • n. An instrument for marking trees, usually a hook-like gouge fastened to a flat elliptical iron hoop with wooden handle-plates on the opposite side from the gouge. Also called bark-blazer, cruiser's bark-blazer, tree-scribe, and bark-gouge.

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

  • n. a person who scratches to relieve an itch
  • n. a device used for scratching
  • n. a workman who uses a tool for scratching

Etymologies

scratch +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another head scratcher is observed upon entering Oaxaca state, along the beaches.

    Free riding the roads of Mexico

  • The neat part of that scratcher is the opening is only on one side so when it gets worn you can reverse the cardboard.

    Keep Your Cats From Destroying Your Furniture | Lifehacker Australia

  • I've even found that both of our pets love it as a back-scratcher, which is the equivalent of crack to them.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • In the desert and sage-brush part of the state the sage-hen, another "scratcher," runs swiftly through the thickets, but many are caught and brought in by the Indians.

    Stories of California

  • Republicans in one list, all the Democrats in another, etc., this arrangement is much less favourable to independence in voting and much less efficient as a check upon bribery; because the man who votes a straight party ticket will make all his marks in a very short time, while the "scratcher," or independent voter, will consume much more time in selecting his names.

    Civil Government in the United States Considered with Some Reference to Its Origins

  • Even as a small child I would often ride the "scratcher" through the field, busting up clods of dirt and grass, as Pa directed a team of "plow-broke" mules with gee's, haw's, and whoa's!

    MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS

  • Frankly, cutting the Flickr team is a bit of a head-scratcher: That group is one of the few pockets of future-thinking tinkerers at Yahoo, especially when it comes to building new media experiences around “social objects” such as photos.

    Flickr Hit Hard by Yahoo Layoffs

  • Yet Ken Whisenhunt's decision to defer receiving the football after winning the coin toss was a major-league head-scratcher.

    NFL Replay: 'Almost' is no solace after Cardinals' letdown

  • That's why the Obama administration's consideration of a corporate executive to fill the role is such a head scratcher to me.

    Why a CEO shouldn't run the NEC

  • But controls present a head-scratcher for foreign investors.

    Brazil Flirts With Danger

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.