Is there any American word for scruff?
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?
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.
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.
oh sorry! I thought it only had one meaning.