1To peel or tear off (something).
2To make a scraping sound or motion.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Palladius' De Re Rustica. Origin uncertain.
To draw or write on paving stones; especially to create pictures on paving stones, typically using coloured chalks and frequently in order to earn money from passers-by.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Exposure of Impositions practised by Vagrants. Probably a variant of scrieve in specialized semantic use.