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    scruff

    Is there any American word for scruff?


    thanks

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    #2

    Re: scruff

    Quote Originally Posted by shabani View Post
    Is there any American word for scruff?


    thanks
    Yes. It is scruff.

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    #3

    Re: scruff

    Thanks riquecohen
    So why is it that in most dictionaries they're marked as British?
    Is it common in the US?
    If not, is there a more common informal word meaning a dirty and untidy person?

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    #4

    Re: scruff

    I've never seen it as a noun, but we do use "scruffy" as an adjective.

    He is really scruffy looking.

    He is wearing those scruffy shoes again.

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    #5

    Re: scruff

    Aha! "Scruff" as a noun meaning a dirty person is not used in AmE. I agree with susiedqq's post regarding "scruffy" as an adjective. Another adjective with the same meaning is "scuzzy." Both are very informal. The "scruff" that I was referring to is the back of the neck.

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    #6

    Re: scruff

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Another adjective with the same meaning is "scuzzy." Both are very informal.
    To me, 'scuzzy' is somewhat dirtier than 'scruffy', and also may suggest 'smelly'. I have one or two fairly scruffy friends, but I would not want to go too close to a scuzzy person.

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    #7

    Re: scruff

    Quote Originally Posted by shabani View Post
    . . . is there a more common informal word meaning a dirty and untidy person?

    thanks
    Shabani, this context should have been given in your first post - not the third.

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    #8

    Re: scruff

    oh sorry! I thought it only had one meaning.

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    #9

    Re: scruff

    Quote Originally Posted by shabani View Post
    oh sorry! I thought it only had one meaning.
    How long have you been learning English (If you were a small furry animal, your mother would shake you gently by the scruff of the neck for making that sort of dangerous assumption.)

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