- The definition of a scuff is a surface mark made by an object being rubbed or scraped.
A dirty mark on a wall where your shoes rubbed against the wall is an example of a scuff.
- Scuff is to brush your shoe against a surface, marking either the shoe or the surface, or to walk without lifting the feet.
- If your shoes are not going to become marked when you walk in them, this is an example of a time when your shoes won't scuff.
- If you brush your shoe against the wall and it marks the wall, this is an example of a time when your shoe scuffs the wall.
- to scrape (the ground, floor, etc.) with the feet
- to wear a rough place or places on the surface of (a shoe, etc.)
- to move (the feet) with a dragging motion
Origin of scuffprobably from or akin to Old Norse skufa, to shove
- to walk without lifting the feet; shuffle
- to become scraped or worn in patches on the surface
- a sound or act of scuffing
- a worn or rough spot
- a loosefitting house slipper, esp. one without a built-up heel or a counter
verbscuffed, scuff·ing, scuffs
- To scrape with the feet.
- To shuffle or shift (the feet), as in embarrassment.
- To scrape and roughen the surface of.
- The act or sound of scraping especially with the feet.
- A worn or rough spot resulting from scraping.
- A flat backless house slipper.
Origin of scuffProbably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skūfa to push
- Caused by scraping, usually with one's feet.
- Someone left scuff marks in the sand.
(third-person singular simple present scuffs, present participle scuffing, simple past and past participle scuffed)