I thought I ought to cough or scuff my feet or something, but it seemed too late for that.

"Oh, I'm too happy to scuff," and she kicked off the other rubber.

I scuff and stamp the snow away and pull it open with difficulty.

In the lightlessness, and above the wailing of the terrified people about them, they could hear the scuff of running feet.

"You could scuff it and I could wear myself out cleanin', I suppose," retorted Jane.

If I could a got him by the scuff of the neck, I'd a treated him jist like any wermin;—I would, indeed!

Such a blow is usually sufficient to crack or chip the shell, or at least to scuff away parts of the epidermal covering.

Every now and then she'd scuff her toe in the rug, and how some of us escaped a soup or a gravy bath I can't figure out.

There was a pause during which she continued to scuff the curbstone with her shoe, Jane likewise scuffing the fence-picket.

What joy it was to us to scuff through the painted fallen leaves and send them flying like showers of jewels before us!


1768, "to walk (through or over something) without raising the feet," from Scottish, probably from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse skufa, skyfa "to shove, push aside," from PIE *skeubh- "to shove" (see shove (v.)). Meaning "injure the surface of" is from 1897. Related: Scuffed; scuffing. As a noun from 1824.


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