intransitive verb scuf·fle \ˈskə-fəl\

: to fight briefly and usually not very seriously

: to move quickly and with short steps

scuf·fledscuf·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SCUFFLE

a :  to struggle at close quarters with disorder and confusion
b :  to struggle (as by working odd jobs) to get by
a :  to move with a quick shuffling gait :  scurry
b :  shuffle
scuffle noun

Examples of SCUFFLE

  1. Children scuffled on the playground.
  2. Small creatures scuffled in the underbrush.

Origin of SCUFFLE

perhaps frequentative of scuff
First Known Use: 1590

Rhymes with SCUFFLE


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