verb \ˈskəf\

: to make a mark or scratch in the surface of (something) by scraping it

: to walk without lifting your feet : to drag your feet while you walk

Full Definition of SCUFF

intransitive verb
a :  to walk without lifting the feet :  shuffle
b :  to poke or shuffle a foot in exploration or embarrassment
:  to become scratched, chipped, or roughened by wear <a countertop that won't scuff>
transitive verb
:  3cuff
a :  to scrape (the feet) along a surface while walking or back and forth while standing
b :  to poke at with the toe
:  to scratch, gouge, or wear away the surface of <scuffed my shoes>

Examples of SCUFF

  1. She scuffed down the hall towards her room.
  2. <scuffed up her shoes by rubbing her feet under the rung of the chair>

Origin of SCUFF

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1768

Related to SCUFF



: a mark that is made by scuffing something

scuffs : slippers that are open at the heel

Full Definition of SCUFF

a :  a noise of or as if of scuffing
b :  the act or an instance of scuffing
c :  a mark or injury caused by scuffing
:  a flat-soled slipper without quarter or heel strap — compare mule

Examples of SCUFF

  1. She slid into her scuffs and headed into the kitchen.

First Known Use of SCUFF



Next Word in the Dictionary: scufferPrevious Word in the Dictionary: scudoAll Words Near: scuff
May 24, 2015
erudite Hear it
learned or pedantic
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears