Then, I recognized my son's scuffed sneakers sticking out from the blanket.
The only victor in this melee—if scuffed, dirty, and covered in broken glass—was the United States and its political institutions.
Leroy had survived, but had an injured wing and a scuffed beak.
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.