scuff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scuff poke at with the foot or toe
    • v scuff mar by scuffing "scuffed shoes"
    • v scuff get or become scuffed "These patent leather shoes scuffed"
    • v scuff walk without lifting the feet
    • n scuff the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)
    • n scuff a slipper that has no fitting around the heel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scuff The back part of the neck; the scruff.
    • v. i Scuff To walk without lifting the feet; to proceed with a scraping or dragging movement; to shuffle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scuff To walk without raising the feet from the ground or floor; shuffle: rarely used of an analogous action of the hands.
    • scuff To graze slightly.
    • scuff To roughen the surface of by hard usage; spoil the gloss, polish, or finish of.
    • n scuff Same as scuft and scruff.
    • n scuff A scurf; a scale.
    • n scuff A light shoe or slipper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scuff skuf (prov.) a form of scruff or scuft.
    • v.i Scuff skuf to shuffle along the ground
    • v.t Scuff (Scot.) to graze slightly
    • n Scuff skuf a scurf: a scale.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. schoft, shoulder, Goth. skuft, hair of the head. Cf. Scruff

Usage

In literature:

Myles darted after him, caught him midway in the quadrangle, and brought him back by the scuff of the neck, squalling and struggling.
"Men of Iron" by Howard Pyle
I know this Oakville rough-scuff.
"He Fell in Love with His Wife" by Edward P. Roe
It scuffs up the gravel so.
"Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich" by Stephen Leacock
His squaw came in, her arrival unannounced except by the scuff of her moccasins, and seated herself against the wall.
"The Barrier" by Rex Beach
I scuff and stamp the snow away and pull it open with difficulty.
"Adventures In Friendship" by David Grayson
She began to scuff with her slipshod, twisted shoes, pushing herself.
"Real Folks" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
I could scuff it with my shoes.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
I thought I ought to cough or scuff my feet or something, but it seemed too late for that.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
A thin, sleety scuff of passing snow-cloud beat in my face.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
She had an old pair of scuffs of shoes on, the rest of the limbs were bare.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
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In poetry:

I make nae doubt some senseless guff,
May draw his mull, and take a snuff,
And blatter o'er your lifeless stuff,
Wi' sumphish glee,
But men o' knowledge will him scuff,
An' say ye lie.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

I use automotive Tar Remover to remove black scuff marks (from boots etc.
Governors define and scuff the boundaries of their parties.
Bean Wicked Good Scuff Women's Slippers.
) replaceable, adjustable and aerodynamic nylon scuff pads on the toe.
As fiberglass gelcoats age they tend to oxidize and show the wear and tear of scuffs and scrapes accumulated over the years.
Heavy cotton- twill fabric is durable enough to withstand the scuffs and scratches of everyday use.
Dakota Meyer taken to hospital after scuff.
All metalized papers are top coated with a clear, scuff resistant acrylic lacquer 800-343-6978 fax 508-541-7777 www.holoprism.com Circle No 134.
Patricia Green Cable Pom Pom Scuff Women's Slippers.
Sur Prep AP-1 is an adhesion promoter that can be used in the place of scuff sanding between coats of paint.
That is normal," Schiller wrote in an email reply to one inquisitive user who remarked about the "scuffs, scratches and marks" on his new baby.
Slip your shoes into something comfortable while protecting them from scuffs: Store them in homemade velvet shoe bags.
High slip coating UVitec Printing Ink Lodi NJ USA The 7435 High Slip Coating is a UV-curable, high gloss clear coating that resists high scuff and high rub situations.
We didn't find any rust so we used a 3M Scotch-Brite pad to scuff the area so we could put some primer on it.
Tolco's Mela-Scrub Sponge is a chemical-free stain remover that works on permanent marker, crayon, ink, scuff marks, soap scum, tar, graffiti, wine stains and more.
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