adjective, scruff·i·er, scruff·i·est.

  1. untidy; shabby.

adjective scruffier or scruffiest

  1. unkempt or shabby

adj.1650s, “covered with scurf,” from scruff “dandruff, scurf” (late Old English variant of scurf) + -y (2). Generalized sense of “rough and dirty” is from 1871. Related: Scruffily; scruffiness.

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