To remove (an outer layer, for example) from a surface by forceful strokes of an edged or rough instrument: scraped the wallpaper off before painting the wall. To abrade or smooth by rubbing with a sharp or rough instrument. To rub (a surface) with considerable pressure, as with an edged instrument or a hard object. To draw (a hard or abrasive object) forcefully over a surface: scraped my fingernails down the blackboard. To injure the surface of by rubbing against something rough or sharp: scraped my knee on the sidewalk. To amass or produce with difficulty: scrape together some cash. To come into sliding, abrasive contact. To rub or move with a harsh grating noise. To give forth a harsh grating noise. To economize or save money by paying attention to very small amounts; scrimp. To succeed or manage with difficulty: scraped through by a narrow margin. The act of scraping. The sound of scraping. An abrasion on the skin. An embarrassing predicament. A fight; a scuffle.