follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

scrapper1

[skrap-er] /ˈskræp ər/
noun
1.
a person who removes or does away with scraps.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; scrap1 + -er1

scrapper2

[skrap-er] /ˈskræp ər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a fighter or aggressive competitor, especially one always ready or eager for a fight, argument, or contest:
the best lightweight scrapper in boxing; a rugged political scrapper.
Origin
1870-75; scrap2 + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for scrapper
  • In order to win, we're going to need a real scrapper.
  • Coming from a renowned political scrapper, this sounded rather desperate.
  • scrapper shall verify compliance with vehicle inspection requirements specified in this subdivision.
  • The scrapper operator attempted to give aid to the decedent.
  • Modify the sludge removal mechanism in the four existing clarifiers to add two additional sludge scrapper arms to each mechanism.
  • The two surviving engines did not experience the burn of a scrapper's cutting torch.
Word Origin and History for scrapper
n.

"pugilist," 1874, agent noun from scrap (v.2). Later used generally of anyone or anything that tends to put up a fight.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for scrapper

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scrapper

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends