verb (used with object)
- to scrape (something) with one’s foot or feet.
- to rub or scrape (one’s foot or feet) over something.
- to mar by scraping or hard use, as shoes or furniture.
- Chiefly Scot.
- to brush against, as in passing.
- to brush off; wipe off.
verb (used without object)
- to walk without raising the feet from the ground; shuffle.
- to scrape or rub one’s foot back and forth over something.
- to be or become marred or scratched by scraping or wear.
- (of machine parts, as gear teeth) to creep from pressure and friction so that ridges appear transversely to the direction of wear.
- the act or sound of scuffing.
- a flat-heeled slipper with a full-length sole and an upper part covering only the front of the foot.
- a marred or scratched place on an item, as from scraping or wear.
- to scrape or drag (the feet) while walking
- to rub or scratch (a surface) or (of a surface) to become rubbed or scratched
- (tr) US to poke at (something) with the foot
- the act or sound of scuffing
- a rubbed place caused by scuffing
- a backless slipper
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.