scratcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scratcher a device used for scratching
    • n scratcher a person who scratches to relieve an itch
    • n scratcher a workman who uses a tool for scratching
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scratcher One who, or that which, scratches; specifically Zoöl, any rasorial bird.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scratcher One who or that which scratches. Specifically
    • n scratcher An instrument for marking trees, usually a hook-like gouge fastened to a flat elliptical iron hoop with wooden handle-plates on the opposite side from the gouge. Also called bark-blazer, cruiser's bark-blazer, tree-scribe, and bark-gouge.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scratcher a bird which scratches for food
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Explained by Skeat as due to the confusion of M. E. skratten, to scratch, with M. E. cracchen, to scratch: skratten standing for skarten, an extended form from Ice. sker-a, to shear; cracchen, again, stands for kratsen—Sw. kratsa, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

The noise of these various instruments, the orchestra, the shouting, the 'scratchers,' and the dancing, is perfectly bewildering.
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
On a writing-table lay a volume of Shakespeare, and, on an occasional table, a carved ivory back-scratcher.
"Dead Souls" by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
CALLICLES: I answer, that even the scratcher would live pleasantly.
"Gorgias" by Plato
When he visited us I discovered something about Scratcher which I don't believe you know.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Talk about a sky-scratcher!
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
They are great scratchers, and will often remain several minutes scratching in one place, like a hen.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
The older men of our battalion were wiser and made scratchers out of wood.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
The forger himself is known as the "scratcher," or the expert penman of the party.
"Disputed Handwriting" by Jerome B. Lavay
Only such rich land could tolerate these Adam-like earth-scratchers.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
A steel scratcher, to mark the gun at points not otherwise indicated, where diameters are to be measured.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
***

In news:

Bovine Back Scratcher, Kettle Cleaner and Christmas Cookie Making.
A Mutual Fund Ruling Remains a Head-Scratcher.
Tuesday's termite joke was quite the head scratcher .
Mike Helfgot on boys basketball blog Headline on Jabari Parker SI cover is a head- scratcher .
Cousins pick a head- scratcher .
Financial District store sells $1M lotto scratcher .
Not a head scratcher .
A Page Turner Becomes a Head Scratcher .
'The Event' is a head- scratcher , by design.
Why HP's Deal Is a Head- Scratcher .
Music Matt Carney Depth & Current with Lizard Police and Paint Scratcher 9 pm Thursday Opolis 113 N Crawford, Norman opolis.org 820-0951 $8 advance, $10 door.
Bovine Back Scratcher , Kettle Cleaner and Christmas Cookie Making.
This week's cash hog market is somewhat of a head-scratcher.
There are some big names, surprising contestants and a couple of head-scratchers.
Some of the choices for the All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners are real head scratchers.
***