Old Scratch

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Probably an alteration of scrat, from Middle English scrat, skratt, scratte, ultimately from Old Norse skratti (a type of demon).

Proper noun[edit]

Old Scratch

  1. (chiefly Midland US, Southern US) The Devil.[1]
    Synonyms: Old Nick, Old Serpent; see also Thesaurus:Satan
    • 1913, Booth Tarkington, The Flirt, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, →OCLC:
      “Lisieux is a little town in Normandy,” she said. “I was there a few days with your father, one summer, long ago. It’s a country full of old stories, folklore, and traditions; and the people still believe in the Old Scratch pretty literally. []