noun A mark or wound made by scratching. (the scratches on her arm were throbbing) A technique, used especially in rap music, of stopping a record by hand and moving it back and forth to give a rhythmic scratching effect. (a scratch mix) The starting point in a handicap for a competitor receiving no odds. (a 631-meters handicap, when the excellent stayer, Too Fast, will be off scratch) Money.
verb Score or mark the surface of (something) with a sharp or pointed object. (the car's paintwork was battered and scratched) Cancel or strike out (writing) with a pen or pencil. (the name of Dr. McNab was scratched out and that of Dr. Daniels substituted) Play a record using the scratch technique. (he raps and scratches simultaneously to dazzling effect)
adjective Assembled or made from whatever is available, and so unlikely to be of the highest quality. (at least two vessels set sail with scratch crews) (of a sports competitor or event) with no handicap given. (he was a scratch player at many courses)