Scruff meaning

skrŭf
The back of the neck; the nape.
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Someone with an untidy appearance.

That candidate will never get the job, he's a right scruff.

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The back of the neck; nape.
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The loose skin at the back of the neck of some animals.
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The back of the neck; the nape.
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The loose skin at the back of the neck of some animals.
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(rare) The back of the neck, nape; also scruff of the neck.

He grabbed his unruly kid by the scruff of the neck, and took him home.

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To lift or carry by the scruff.
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Origin of scruff

  • Alteration of dialectal scuft, scuff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1790, from earlier (1787) scuft, influenced by scruff (“crust"). Related to North Frisian skuft (“back of the neck of a horse") and Dutch schoft (“withers (of a horse)"), from Proto-Germanic. Compare also Old Norse skopt (“hair of the head"), Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌿𐍆𐍄 (skuft, “hair of the head"), Middle High German schopf (German Schopf).

    From Wiktionary