from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To scrape the feet while walking; shuffle.
  • transitive v. To scrape with the feet.
  • transitive v. To shuffle or shift (the feet), as in embarrassment.
  • transitive v. To scrape and roughen the surface of.
  • n. The act or sound of scraping especially with the feet.
  • n. A worn or rough spot resulting from scraping.
  • n. A flat backless house slipper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Caused by scraping, usually with one's feet.
  • v. To mishit (a shot on a ball) due to poor contact with the ball.
  • v. To scrape the feet while walking.
  • v. To hit lightly, to brush against.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The back part of the neck; the scruff.
  • intransitive v. To walk without lifting the feet; to proceed with a scraping or dragging movement; to shuffle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To walk without raising the feet from the ground or floor; shuffle: rarely used of an analogous action of the hands.
  • To graze slightly.
  • To roughen the surface of by hard usage; spoil the gloss, polish, or finish of.
  • n. Same as scuft and scruff.
  • n. A scurf; a scale.
  • n. A light shoe or slipper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk without lifting the feet
  • v. poke at with the foot or toe
  • n. the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)
  • v. get or become scuffed
  • n. a slipper that has no fitting around the heel
  • v. mar by scuffing


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūfa, to push.



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