When you scuff something, you scrape it in a way that leaves a mark. You might walk very carefully down the street in your new red cowboy boots, being careful not to scuff the toes.

You can scuff a floor by moving heavy furniture, or scuff your new leather backpack by dragging it on the sidewalk. It's easy to scuff new shoes or to scuff your dad's car interior when you try to cram your bike into its hatchback. Scuff also means to drag your feet, the way a reluctant child might do on her way into the dentist's office. The word scuff is Scottish, possibly from a Scandinavian root.

Definitions of scuff

v walk without lifting the feet

Type of:
scuffle, shamble, shuffle
walk by dragging one's feet

v poke at with the foot or toe

Type of:
strike with the foot

v get or become scuffed

“These patent leather shoes scuffed
Type of:
wear, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin
deteriorate through use or stress

v mar by scuffing

scuffed shoes”
Type of:
scrape, scratch, scratch up
cut the surface of; wear away the surface of

n the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)

Type of:
rub, wipe
the act of rubbing or wiping

n a slipper that has no fitting around the heel

Type of:
carpet slipper, slipper
low footwear that can be slipped on and off easily; usually worn indoors

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