- the nape or back of the neck.
Origin of scruff1
- (in tin-plating) dross formed in the bath.
Origin of scruff2
Examples from the Web for scruff
He identifies as transgender on Scruff but not always on Grindr.
Scruff believes that sex is not the primary concern of users.
He was as striking in person as he is on screen—thin, white v-neck t-shirt, two-day scruff, artful bedhead.Robert Pattinson’s Life After ‘Twilight’
June 13, 2014
At the end of the month, participants, called Mo Bros and their supporters, Mo Sistas, shave their scruff and have a party.Behind the Movember Movement’s Fight to Keep Charity Tied to Mustache
November 23, 2012
And with that he seized me again by the scruff of the neck and shook me.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
So we adopted a more pressing plan, and coaxed him out by the scruff of his neck.Novel Notes
Jerome K. Jerome
She came to and tried to bite me, but I had her by the scruff of the neck and she couldn't.IT and Other Stories
When dinner-time came we had to be dragged in by the scruff of our necks.Dream Days
Bucky would drag you back by the scruff of the neck in two weeks.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
- the nape of the neck (esp in the phrase by the scruff of the neck)
- informal an untidy scruffy person
- informal a disreputable person, ruffian
- another name for scum (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for scruff
"nape of the neck," 1790, altered (by influence of scruff "crust") from scuft (1787), probably related to North Frisian skuft "back of the neck of a horse" and Dutch schoft "withers of a horse," from a common Germanic source (cf. Old Norse skopt "hair of the head," Gothic skuft, Middle High German schopf, German Schopf). Another theory holds it to be a variant of scurf.