verb (used with object)

to scrape (the ground) with the head of the club just before impact with the ball.

verb (used without object)

to sclaff the ground with the club.


a sclaffing stroke.

Nearby words

  1. scituate,
  2. sciurid,
  3. sciurine,
  4. sciuroid,
  5. scivvy,
  6. sclc,
  7. sclent,
  8. scler-,
  9. sclera,
  10. scleradenitis

Origin of sclaff

1890–95; special use of Scots sclaf to shuffle

Related formssclaff·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sclaff



Also: duff to cause (the club) to hit (the ground behind the ball) when making a stroke


a sclaffing stroke or shot
Derived Formssclaffer, noun

Word Origin for sclaff

C19: from Scottish sclaf to shuffle

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