Definition of scruff
: the back of the neck : nape
Examples of scruff in a Sentence
She held the kitten by the scruff of its neck.
Origin and Etymology of scruff
alteration of earlier scuff, of unknown origin
First Known Use: 1790See Words from the same year
SCRUFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scruff for English Language Learners
: the skin on the back of the neck
SCRUFF Defined for Kids
Definition of scruff for Students
: the loose skin on the back of the neck
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