Definition of scruff in English:

scruff

noun

  • The back of a person's or animal's neck.

    ‘he grabbed him by the scruff of his neck’
    • ‘Again and again Oney grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck, both through his dexterity with details and through the horror of the downward spiral of the case itself.’
    • ‘It shows how restricted life had become prior to their taking it by the scruff of the neck and shaking many things into a collective, vibrant consciousness.’
    • ‘Late Beethoven tends to take fugues by the scruff of the neck and shake them till they howl.’
    • ‘Finally Anton held her up by the scruff of her neck and she drew her limbs in, responding to some kitten memory of being carried that way by her mother.’
    • ‘Beethoven often insists on taking us by the scruff of the neck and giving us a thorough shaking.’
    • ‘The orchestral introduction grips us by the scruff of the neck in the venom with which it makes hunting and stalking aurally incarnate.’
    • ‘I wanted to grab her by the scruff of her fluffy bunny neck.’
    • ‘If you were lucky enough to see him perform on stage, you always had the feeling he might suddenly leap into the audience, grab you by the scruff of the neck and haul you up onstage to drink ouzo and dance with him.’

Origin

Late 18th century: alteration of dialect scuff, of obscure origin.

Pronunciation:

scruff

/skrəf/