A dirty mark on a wall where your shoes rubbed against the wall is an example of a scuff.
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.
Someone left scuff marks in the sand.
Origin of scuff
- Probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skūfa to push
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition