from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To scrape the feet while walking; shuffle.
  • intransitive verb To scrape with the feet.
  • intransitive verb To shuffle or shift (the feet), as in embarrassment.
  • intransitive verb To scrape and roughen the surface of.
  • noun The act or sound of scraping especially with the feet.
  • noun A worn or rough spot resulting from scraping.
  • noun A flat backless house slipper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as scuft and scruff.
  • To walk without raising the feet from the ground or floor; shuffle: rarely used of an analogous action of the hands.
  • To graze slightly.
  • To roughen the surface of by hard usage; spoil the gloss, polish, or finish of.
  • noun A scurf; a scale.
  • noun A light shoe or slipper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. The back part of the neck; the scruff.
  • intransitive verb To walk without lifting the feet; to proceed with a scraping or dragging movement; to shuffle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Caused by scraping, usually with one's feet.
  • verb To mishit (a shot on a ball) due to poor contact with the ball.
  • verb To scrape the feet while walking.
  • verb To hit lightly, to brush against.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb walk without lifting the feet
  • verb poke at with the foot or toe
  • noun the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)
  • verb get or become scuffed
  • noun a slipper that has no fitting around the heel
  • verb mar by scuffing


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūfa, to push.]


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