verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of scuff

First recorded in 1585–95, scuff is from the Middle Low German word schūven to shove Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scuffed

Contemporary Examples of scuffed

Historical Examples of scuffed

  • He sat there stunned until Hooky began licking at his scuffed fingers.

    The Hoofer

    Walter M. Miller

  • He thought it was his own until he failed to recognize the scuffed, grimy interior.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • Richard scuffed one shoe against the other and looked into the fire.

    Georgina of the Rainbows

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • He got up and scuffed into the bathroom to stare into the mirror.

    The Black Tide

    Arthur G. Stangland

  • Clara noted the scantily trimmed hat and the scuffed gloves.

British Dictionary definitions for scuffed



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


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 scuffed



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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