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scuff

[skuhf] /skʌf/
verb (used with object)
1.
to scrape (something) with one's foot or feet.
2.
to rub or scrape (one's foot or feet) over something.
3.
to mar by scraping or hard use, as shoes or furniture.
4.
Chiefly Scot.
  1. to brush against, as in passing.
  2. to brush off; wipe off.
verb (used without object)
5.
to walk without raising the feet from the ground; shuffle.
6.
to scrape or rub one's foot back and forth over something.
7.
to be or become marred or scratched by scraping or wear.
8.
(of machine parts, as gear teeth) to creep from pressure and friction so that ridges appear transversely to the direction of wear.
noun
9.
the act or sound of scuffing.
10.
a flat-heeled slipper with a full-length sole and an upper part covering only the front of the foot.
11.
a marred or scratched place on an item, as from scraping or wear.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Middle Low German schūven to shove
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British Dictionary definitions for scuffed

scuff

/skʌf/
verb
1.
to scrape or drag (the feet) while walking
2.
to rub or scratch (a surface) or (of a surface) to become rubbed or scratched
3.
(transitive) (US) to poke at (something) with the foot
noun
4.
the act or sound of scuffing
5.
a rubbed place caused by scuffing
6.
a backless slipper
Word Origin
C19: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for scuffed

scuff

v.

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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