Definition of scrag in English:

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Pronunciation: /skraɡ/

verb (scrags, scragging, scragged)

[with object] informal, chiefly British
1Handle roughly; beat up.
Example sentences
  • I saw one group of traders run off like a startled herd, while three police, like a pack of hunting dogs, scragged the least nimble.
1.1 archaic or US Kill, especially by strangling or hanging.


1An unattractively thin person or animal.
Example sentences
  • She's a dud, a bit of a scrag if you ask me.
  • She is a tall scrag of a woman, crouched in profile, alone on a steep verge above the relentless Florida traffic.
  • They had me and the rest of those scrags and scalawags gyrating all over in some sort of fiendish trance!
2 dated, informal A person’s neck.
Example sentences
  • ‘I don't like this scrag, ‘he answers, pulling at the skin at the top of his neck.’


Mid 16th century (as a noun): perhaps an alteration of Scots and northern English crag 'neck' The verb (mid 18th century) developed the sense 'handle roughly' from the early use 'hang, strangle'.

Words that rhyme with scrag

bag, blag, brag, Bragg, crag, dag, drag, flag, gag, hag, jag, lag, mag, nag, quag, rag, sag, slag, snag, sprag, stag, swag, tag, wag, zag

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Syllabification: scrag

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