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scruff

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[ skruhf ]
/ skrʌf /
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noun
the nape or back of the neck.
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Origin of scruff

1
1780–90; variant of dial. scuff, scuft<Dutch schoft horse's withers

Other definitions for scruff (2 of 2)

scruff2
[ skruhf ]
/ skrʌf /

noun Metallurgy.
(in tin-plating) dross formed in the bath.

Origin of scruff

2
Metathetic variant of scurf
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British Dictionary definitions for scruff (1 of 2)

scruff1
/ (skrʌf) /

noun
the nape of the neck (esp in the phrase by the scruff of the neck)

Word Origin for scruff

C18: variant of scuft, perhaps from Old Norse skoft hair; related to Old High German scuft

British Dictionary definitions for scruff (2 of 2)

scruff2
/ (skrʌf) /

noun
informal an untidy scruffy person
informal a disreputable person, ruffian
another name for scum (def. 3)
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