verb (used with object)
- to brush against, as in passing.
- to brush off; wipe off.
verb (used without object)
Origin of scuff
Examples from the Web for scuff
You need some scuff marks from the great merry-go-round we call life.
Scuff it up, patinate it, so that it feels more physically, viscerally real, and a little less perfect.
Such a blow is usually sufficient to crack or chip the shell, or at least to scuff away parts of the epidermal covering.
There was a pause during which she continued to scuff the curbstone with her shoe, Jane likewise scuffing the fence-picket.Seventeen|Booth Tarkington
And you could scuff when you walked and pile up fallen leaves from the grass and roll in them.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
They passed from Chet's view as they rounded the rear of the pyramid, and then he heard the scuff and clatter of their ascent.Brood of the Dark Moon|Charles Willard Diffin
"You could scuff it and I could wear myself out cleanin', I suppose," retorted Jane.The Poor Little Rich Girl|Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for scuff
Word Origin for scuff
Word Origin and History for scuff
1768, "to walk (through or over something) without raising the feet," from Scottish, probably from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse skufa, skyfa "to shove, push aside," from PIE *skeubh- "to shove" (see shove (v.)). Meaning "injure the surface of" is from 1897. Related: Scuffed; scuffing. As a noun from 1824.