Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

scurf

play
noun \ˈskərf\

Definition of scurf

  1. 1 :  thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition; specifically :  dandruff

  2. 2a :  something like flakes or scales adhering to a surfaceb :  the foul remains of something adherent

  3. 3a :  a scaly deposit or covering on some plant parts; also :  a localized or general darkening and roughening of a plant surface usually more pronounced than russetingb :  a plant disease characterized by scurf

scurfy play \ˈskər-fē\ adjective


Origin of scurf

Middle English, from Old English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic skurfa scurf; akin to Old High German scorf scurf, Old English sceorfan to scarify


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with scurf


Medical Dictionary

scurf

play
noun \ˈskərf\

Medical Definition of scurf

  1. :  thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition; specifically :  dandruff

  2. scurfy \ˈskər-fē\play adjective




Learn More about scurf


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scurf? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ