Synonyms of scratch
1 rubDictionary • The old man lifted his cardigan to scratch his side.
rub • Smear cream on to prevent it from rubbing.
scrape • She stumbled and fell, scraping her palms and knees.
2 markDictionary • Knives will scratch the worktop.
mark • How do you stop the horses marking the turf?
cut • I cut myself shaving.
score • Lightly score the surface of the steaks with a sharp cook's knife.
grate • His chair grated as he got to his feet.
etch • a simple band of heavy gold etched with runes
incise • After polishing, a design is incised or painted.
make a mark on
3 cutDictionary • He had blood on his nose and he had scratched his knees.
skin • He fell down and skinned his knee.
wound • The driver of the bus was wounded by shrapnel.
bark • She barked her shin off the edge of the drawer.
graze • I had grazed my knees a little.
rasp • The blade rasped over his skin.
chafe • The shorts were chafing my thighs.
abrade • The rough rock had abraded her skin.
1 markDictionary • I pointed to a number of scratches on the tile floor.
mark • The dogs rub against the walls and make dirty marks.
blemish • the blemish on his face
gash • a long gash just above his right eye
2 cutDictionary • He walked away from the accident without a scratch.
cut • He had sustained a cut on his left eyebrow.
wound • Six soldiers are reported to have died of their wounds.
graze • He just has a slight graze.
abrasion • He had severe abrasions to his right cheek.
laceration • He had lacerations on his back and thighs.
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ scratch about or round
IDIOM:▷ not up to scratch
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abradeTo abrade something means to scrape or wear down its surface by rubbing it.
• The rough rock had abraded her skin.
abrasionAn abrasion is an area on a person's body where the skin has been scraped.
• He had severe abrasions to his right cheek.
• She barked her shin off the edge of the drawer.
Thesaurus for scratch from the Collins English Thesaurus
to mark or cut (the surface of something) with a rough or sharp instrument