scruff

noun (1)
\ ˈskrəf How to pronounce scruff (audio) \
plural scruffs

Definition of scruff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the back of the neck : nape

scruff

noun (2)

Definition of scruff (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin growth of beard : stubble He's lean, and not too tall, with spiky hair, scruff on his chin, and a deep voice.— Margot Cleary The uniform isn't so much suit and tie as it is plaid shirt, work boots, and two-day scruff.— Laura Regensdorf

Examples of scruff in a Sentence

Noun (1) She held the kitten by the scruff of its neck.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a video from the lessons, Tilly pulls her pup through the water by his neck scruff. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 8 June 2022 Taylor’s presence seemed to authorize a slight relaxation of intonation across the ensemble — here a slight strain between the two violins, there a measure of scruff to the French horn. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 With his dripping wet hair, scruff and omnipresent toothpick, Ramon affected a Cuban accent and quickly rose to main-event status with matches against Bret Hart, Diesel and the 1-2-3 Kid. CBS News, 15 Mar. 2022 With his dripping wet hair, scruff and omnipresent toothpick, Ramon affected a Cuban accent and quickly rose to main-event status with matches against Bret Hart, Diesel and the 1-2-3 Kid. baltimoresun.com, 15 Mar. 2022 This is the equivalent of the galaxy's bouncer grabbing the black hole by the scruff of the neck and hurling it vigorously into the intergalactic void. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2022 The protagonist grows a scruff of coarse hair above her sacrum and sniffs out bunnies in her yard; playtime with her son involves licking and biting. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 Gregory DeWitt Diles, six feet four, 300 pounds, barged through the front door of the house on Dona Lola, dragging John Holmes by the scruff of his neck. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Made in captain Virat Kohli’s unwavering image, a confident India grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in a defining second session where Bumrah justified Warne’s earlier glowing endorsement. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scruff

Noun (1)

1790, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scruff

Noun (1)

variant of earlier scuff, cuff, of obscure origin

Noun (2)

back-formation from scruffy

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19 Jun 2022

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“Scruff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scruff. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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scruff

noun
\ ˈskrəf How to pronounce scruff (audio) \

Kids Definition of scruff

: the loose skin on the back of the neck

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