scruff

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noun \ˈskrəf\

Definition of scruff

  1. :  the back of the neck :  nape

Examples of scruff in a Sentence

  1. She held the kitten by the scruff of its neck.

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Origin and Etymology of scruff

alteration of earlier scuff, of unknown origin


SCRUFF Defined for English Language Learners

scruff

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noun

Definition of scruff for English Language Learners

  • : the skin on the back of the neck


SCRUFF Defined for Kids

scruff

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noun \ˈskrəf\

Definition of scruff for Students

  1. :  the loose skin on the back of the neck


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