intransitive verb scuf·fle \ˈskə-fəl\
: to fight briefly and usually not very seriously
: to move quickly and with short steps
a : to struggle at close quarters with disorder and confusion
b : to struggle (as by working odd jobs) to get by
Examples of SCUFFLE
- Children scuffled on the playground.
- Small creatures scuffled in the underbrush.
Origin of SCUFFLE
perhaps frequentative of scuff
First Known Use: 1590
Related to SCUFFLE
- barge, clomp, clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lump, plod, pound, scuff, lumber, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stamp, stomp, stumble, stump, tramp, tromp, trudge
- breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk