Synonyms of scratch in English:


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See Spanish definition of rasguño


1‘take care not to scratch the surface on plastic baths’

score, abrade, scrape, roughen, scuff, scuff up, lacerate, groove, gash, engrave, incise, gouge

2‘thorns scratched her tender skin’

graze, scrape, abrade, rasp, skin, rub raw, cut, lacerate, bark, chafe, strip, flay, wound
technical excoriate

3‘he scratched the back of his neck’

rub, claw, claw at, scrape, tear at

4‘many names had been scratched out or overwritten’

cross out, strike out, score out, delete, erase, remove, strike off, eliminate, cancel, expunge, obliterate

5‘due to a knee injury she was forced to scratch from the race’

withdraw, pull out, pull out of, back out, back out of, bow out, bow out of, stand down, give up, leave, quit


1‘he had two scratches on his cheek’

graze, scrape, abrasion, cut, laceration, wound

2‘there was a large dent in the panel and a scratch in the paint’

score, mark, line, abrasion, scrape, scuff, laceration, groove, gash, gouge


    scratch around

    ‘the authority had scratched around for every spare penny over the years’

    search, hunt, hunt around, cast about, cast round, cast around, rummage, rummage around, forage, forage about, poke about, poke around, scrabble, grub about, grub around, root, root around, scavenge, fish about, fish around, rake around, feel around, grope, grope around, nose about, nose round, nose around, ferret, ferret about, ferret, ferret around
    up to scratch

    ‘the workmanship once again is up to scratch’

    good enough, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, passable, sufficient, competent, all right
    informal OK, up to snuff

    below standard, unacceptable