scuff

[skuhf]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. scuba diving,
  2. scuba-dive,
  3. scud,
  4. scudo,
  5. scudéry,
  6. scuffle,
  7. scuffling,
  8. sculch,
  9. sculduddery,
  10. sculduggery

Origin of scuff

First recorded in 1585–95, scuff is from the Middle Low German word schūven to shove

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British Dictionary definitions for scuff

scuff

verb

to scrape or drag (the feet) while walking
to rub or scratch (a surface) or (of a surface) to become rubbed or scratched
(tr) US to poke at (something) with the foot

noun

the act or sound of scuffing
a rubbed place caused by scuffing
a backless slipper

Word Origin for scuff

C19: probably of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for scuff

scuff

v.

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.

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