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scruff1

[skruhf] /skrʌf/
noun
1.
the nape or back of the neck.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; variant of dial. scuff, scuft < Dutch schoft horse's withers

scruff2

[skruhf] /skrʌf/
noun, Metallurgy
1.
(in tin-plating) dross formed in the bath.
Origin
metathetic variant of scurf
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British Dictionary definitions for scruffs'

scruff1

/skrʌf/
noun
1.
the nape of the neck (esp in the phrase by the scruff of the neck)
Word Origin
C18: variant of scuft, perhaps from Old Norse skoft hair; related to Old High German scuft

scruff2

/skrʌf/
noun
1.
(informal) an untidy scruffy person
2.
(informal) a disreputable person, ruffian
3.
another name for scum (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for scruffs'

scruff

n.

"nape of the neck," 1790, altered (by influence of scruff "crust") from scuft (1787), probably related to North Frisian skuft "back of the neck of a horse" and Dutch schoft "withers of a horse," from a common Germanic source (cf. Old Norse skopt "hair of the head," Gothic skuft, Middle High German schopf, German Schopf). Another theory holds it to be a variant of scurf.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scruffs'

scruff 1

v,v phr

To make a bare living; scrape along (1940s+)


scruff 2

adjective

scruffy

[1970s+ Teenagers; fr scruffy]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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