Definition of scratch and sniff in English:

scratch and sniff

(also scratch 'n sniff, scratch 'n' sniff)


  • The technique of applying scent to a surface in such a way that it is released when scratched. Frequently attributive: designating something which has or involves scent which is released when scratched. [A trademark in the United States.]


1960s; earliest use found in Tri-City Herald (Washington). From scratch + and + sniff.


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