_escorgie_ (Fr. _ecourgee_)--L. (_scutia_) _excoriata_, (a whip) made of leather--_corium_, leather.]
SCOURSE, sk[=o]rs, _v.i._ (_Spens._) to run: to hurry. [O. Fr.
_escourser_--L. _excurr[)e]re_, _excursum_, to run out.]
SCOURSE, sk[=o]rs, _v.t._ to barter, exchange.--_v.i._ to make an exchange.--_n._ (_Spens._) discourse.--Also SCORSE, SCOSS. [Prob.
SCOUT, skowt, _n._ one sent out to bring in tidings, observe the enemy, &c.: a spy: a sneak: in cricket, a fielder: the act of watching: a bird of the auk family: a college servant at Oxford, the same as _gyp_ in Cambridge and _skip_ in Dublin.--_v.t._ to watch closely.--_n._ SCOUT'-MAS'TER, an officer who has the direction of army scouts. [O. Fr. _escoute_--escouter (It. _ascoltare_)--L. _auscult[=a]re_, to listen--auris, the ear.]
SCOUT, skowt, _v.t._ to sneer at: to reject with disdain.--_adv._ SCOUT'INGLY, sneeringly. [Scand.,--Ice. _skuta_, _skuti_, a taunt--_skjota_, to shoot.]
SCOUT, skowt, _v.i._ (_Scot._) to pour forth a liquid forcibly, esp.
excrement.--_n._ the guillemot.
SCOUTER, skowt'[.e]r, _n._ a workman who uses jump-drills, wedges, &c. to scale off large flakes of stone.
SCOUTH, skowth, _n._ (_Scot._) room: scope, plenty.
SCOUTHER, skow'th[.e]r, _v.t._ (_Scot._) to scorch: to fire hastily, as on a gridiron.
SCOVAN, sk[=o]'van, _n._ a Cornish name for a vein of tin.
SCOVE, sk[=o]v, _v.t._ to cover with clay so as to prevent the escape of heat in burning.
SCOVED, sk[=o]vd, _adj._ (_prov._) smeared or blotched.--Also SC[=O]'VY.
SCOVEL, skuv'l, _n._ (_prov._) a mop for sweeping ovens.
SCOW, skow, _n._ a flat-bottomed boat: a ferry-boat. [Dut. _schouw_.]
SCOWL, skowl, _v.i._ to wrinkle the brows in displeasure: to look sour or angry: to look gloomy.--_n._ the wrinkling of the brows when displeased.--_p.adj._ SCOW'LING.--_adv._ SCOW'LINGLY. [Scand., Dan.
_skule_, to scowl; Low Ger. _schulen_, to look slyly.]
SCOWL, skowl, _n._ (_prov._) old workings of iron ore.
SCOWTHER, SCOUTHER, skow'th[.e]r, _n._ (_prov._) a flying shower.
SCRAB, skrab, _n._ a crab-apple.
SCRABBLE, skrab'l, _v.i._ to scrape or make unmeaning marks, to scrawl: to scramble or crawl along with difficulty.--_v.t._ to gather hastily.--_n._ a scramble.--_v.t._ SCRAB, to scratch, to scrape.--SCRABBED EGGS, a dish of hard-boiled eggs chopped up and seasoned. [A form of _scrapple_, freq. of _scrape_.]
SCRAFFLE, skraf'l, _v.i._ to scramble: to wrangle: to be industrious: to shuffle. [A form of _scrabble_ or _scramble_.]
SCRAG, skrag, _n._ anything thin or lean and rough: the bony part of the neck.--_v.t._ to put to death by hanging.--_adjs._ SCRAG'GED, SCRAG'GY, lean and rough: uneven, rugged.--_ns._ SCRAG'GEDNESS, SCRAG'GINESS.--_adv._ SCRAG'GILY.--_adjs._ SCRAG'GLY, rough-looking; SCRAG'-NECKED, having a long, thin neck.--_n._ SCRAG'-WHALE, a finner whale, having the back scragged. [Scand., Sw. prov. _shraka_, a tall tree or man, _shrokk_, anything shrivelled--Norw. _skrekka_, to shrink.]
SCRAICH, SCRAIGH, skr[=a]h, _v.i._ (_Scot._) to scream hoarsely: to screech, to shriek.--_n._ SCRAICH. [Gael. _sgreach_.]
SCRAMB, skramb, _v.t._ (_prov._) to scrape together with the hands. [A variant of _scramp_.]
SCRAMBLE, skram'bl, _v.i._ to struggle to seize something before others: to catch at or strive for rudely: to wriggle along on all-fours.--_v.t._ to throw down to be scrambled for: to advance or push.--_n._ act of scrambling: a struggle for office.--_n._ SCRAM'BLER.--_adj._ SCRAM'BLING, confused and irregular.--_adv._ SCRAM'BLINGLY, in a scrambling manner: irregularly: unceremoniously. [Prov. Eng. _scramb_, to rake together with the hands, or _scramp_, to snatch at; nearly allied to _scrabble_ and _scrape_.]
SCRAMP, skramp, _v.t._ to catch at, snatch. [_Scramble_.]
SCRAN, skran, _n._ broken victuals: refuse--also SKRAN.--_n._ SCRAN'NING, the act of begging for food.--BAD SCRAN TO YOU! bad fare to you! an Irish imprecation. [Prob. Ice. _skran_, rubbish.]
SCRANCH, skransh, _v.t._ to grind with the teeth: to crunch.--Also SCRAUNCH, SCRUNCH. [Prob. Dut. _schransen_, to eat heartily.]
SCRANKY, skrank'i, _adj._ (_Scot._) scraggy: lank.
SCRANNEL, skran'l, _adj._ (_Milt._) producing a weak, screeching noise: thin: squeaking.
SCRANNY, skran'i, _adj._ (_prov._) lean and thin.
SCRAP, skrap, _n._ a small piece: a remnant: a picture suited for preservation in a scrap-book: wrought-iron clippings: an unconnected extract.--_v.t._ to consign to the scrap-heap.--_ns._ SCRAP'-BOOK, a blank book for scraps or extracts, prints, &c.; SCRAP'-HEAP, a place where old iron is collected; SCRAP'-[=I]'RON, old iron accumulated for reworking; SCRAP'-MET'AL, scraps or fragments of any kind of metal, which are only of use for remelting.--_adv._ SCRAP'PILY, in fragments, desultorily.--_n._ SCRAP'PINESS, fragmentariness, disconnectedness.--_adj._ SCRAP'PY.--GO TO THE SCRAP-HEAP, to go to ruin. [Scand., Ice. _skrap_, scraps--_skrapa_, to scrape.]
SCRAP, skrap, _n._ (_slang_) a fight, scrimmage.
SCRAP, skrap, _n._ a snare for birds.
SCRAPE, skr[=a]p, _v.t._ to make a harsh or grating noise on: to rub with something sharp: to remove by drawing a sharp edge over: to collect by laborious effort: to save penuriously: to erase.--_v.i._ to grub in the ground: to rub lightly: to draw back the foot in making obeisance: to play on a stringed instrument.--_n._ a perplexing situation: difficulty: a shave.--_adj._ SCRAPE'-GOOD, miserly, stingy.--_ns._ SCRAPE'-PENN'Y, a miser; SCRAP'ER, an instrument used for scraping, esp. the soles of shoes outside the door of a house: a hoe: a tool used by engravers and others: a fiddler; SCRAP'ING, that which is scraped off, as the scrapings of the street: shavings, hoardings; SCRAP'ING-PLANE, a plane used by workers in metal and wood.--SCRAPE ACQUAINTANCE WITH, to get on terms of acquaintance.
[Scand., Ice. _skrapa_, to scrape; Dut. _schrapen_; A.S. _scearpian_.]
SCRAPPLE, skrap'l, _v.i._ to grub about.--_n._ a mixture of meat-scraps, herbs, &c. stewed, pressed in cakes, sliced and fried. [Dim. of _scrap_.]
SCRAT, skrat, _n._ a devil.--Also OLD SCRATCH, the devil. [Cf. Ger.
_schratt_, Ice. _skratti_, a goblin.]
SCRATCH, skrach, _v.t._ to mark the surface with something pointed, as the nails: to tear or to dig with the claws: to write hurriedly: to erase.--_v.i._ to use the claws in tearing or digging: to delete a name on a voting-paper.--_n._ a mark or tear made by scratching: a slight wound: the line in a prize-ring up to which boxers are led--hence test, trial, as in 'to come up to the scratch:' (_pl._) a disease in horses: the time of starting of a player: in billiards, a chance stroke which is successful: a kind of wig, a scratch-wig: a scrawl.--_adj._ taken at random, as a 'scratch crew:' without handicap, or allowance of time or distance.--_ns._ SCRATCH'-BACK, a kind of toy, which, when drawn over a person's back, makes a sound as if his coat was torn; SCRATCH'-BRUSH, a name given to various forms of brushes; SCRATCH'-COAT, the first coat of plaster; SCRATCH'ER, a bird which scratches for food.--_adv._ SCRATCH'INGLY.--_n.pl._ SCRATCH'INGS, refuse matter strained out of fat when melted.--_ns._ SCRATCH'-WEED, the goose-grass; SCRATCH'-WIG, a wig that covers only part of the head; SCRATCH'-WORK, a kind of wall decoration.--_adj._ SCRATCH'Y, ragged: scratching: of little depth.--SCRATCH OUT, to erase. [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.]
SCRATTLE, skrat'l, _v.i._ (_prov._) to scuttle.
SCRAW, skraw, _n._ a turf, a sod. [Gael. _scrath_.]
SCRAWL, skrawl, _n._ (_U.S._) brushwood.
SCRAWL, skrawl, _v.t._ and _v.i._ to scrape, mark, or write irregularly or hastily.--_n._ irregular or hasty writing: bad writing: a broken branch of a tree: the young of the dog-crab.--_n._ SCRAWL'ER.--_adj._ SCRAWL'Y, ill-formed. [A contr. of _scrabble_.]
SCRAWM, skrawm, _v.t._ (_prov._) to tear, to scratch. [Prob. Dut.
_schrammen_, _schram_, a rent.]
SCRAWNY, skraw'ni, _adj._ wasted: raw-boned.--_n._ SCRAW'NINESS.
SCRAY, skr[=a], _n._ the sea-swallow. [W. _ysgraell_.]
SCREAK, skr[=e]k, _v.t._ to scream: to creak.--_n._ a screech.