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British English: /skratʃ/
American English: /skrætʃ/

Translation of scratch in French:


  • 1 (wound)
    (from a claw, fingernail) griffure (f)
    to escape without a scratch
    s'en tirer sans une égratignure
    to get a scratch from a cat
    se faire griffer par un chat
  • 3 (action to relieve an itch) to have a scratch
    se gratter
    to give one's arm/foot a scratch
    se gratter le bras/pied
  • 5 [informal] (satisfaction, standard)he/his work is not up to scratch
    il/son travail n'est pas à la hauteur
    to keep something up to scratch
    maintenir quelque chose au niveau voulu
  • 6 (zero) to start from scratch to plan/study something from scratch
    concevoir/étudier quelque chose en partant de zéro
  • 7 (Sport)to play off scratch
    jouer scratch


transitive verb

  • 3 (trace) to scratch one's initials on something
    graver ses initiales sur quelque chose
    to scratch a line in the soil
    tracer une ligne dans la terre
  • 4 (wound)
    (cat, person)
    griffer (person)
    (thorns, rosebush)
    égratigner (person)
    to get scratched (by cat)
    (by thorns) être égratigné
    to scratch somebody's eyes out
    arracher les yeux à quelqu'un
  • 5 (react to itch)
    gratter (spot)
    to scratch one's arm/chin
    se gratter le bras/menton
    to scratch an itch
    se gratter
    to scratch somebody's back
    gratter le dos de quelqu'un
    to scratch one's head
    être perplexe
  • 6 (damage)
    (person, branch)
    érafler (car)
    se faire les griffes sur (furniture)
    (person, toy)
    érafler (furniture, wood)
    rayer (record)
    the table is all scratched
    la table est toute éraflée

intransitive verb

  • 1 (relieve itch)
    se gratter
  • 2 (inflict injury)
    (person, cat)

reflexive verb

  • to scratch oneself
    (dog, person)
    se gratter


to scratch a living from the soil

tirer une maigre subsistance du sol

you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

un service en vaut un autre

scratch a translator and you'll find a writer underneath!

dans tout traducteur il y a un écrivain qui sommeille!

Phrasal verbs

scratch around

gratter (in dans)
to scratch around to find the money
gratter un peu partout pour trouver l'argent nécessaire

scratch at

scratch at [something]
gratter à (door)
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