- 1scuff something (on something) to make a mark on the smooth surface of something when you rub it against something rough I scuffed the heel of my shoe on the stonework.
- 2scuff your feet, heels, etc. to drag your feet along the ground as you walk Word Origin early 18th cent.: perhaps of imitative origin.
BrE BrE//skʌf//; NAmE NAmE//skʌf//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scuff
BrE BrE//skʌf//; NAmE NAmE//skʌf//he / she / it scuffs
BrE BrE//skʌfs//; NAmE NAmE//skʌfs//past simple scuffed
BrE BrE//skʌfd//; NAmE NAmE//skʌfd//past participle scuffed
BrE BrE//skʌfd//; NAmE NAmE//skʌfd//-ing form scuffing
BrE BrE//ˈskʌfɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌfɪŋ//