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skirmish

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noun skir·mish \ˈskər-mish\

Simple Definition of skirmish

  • : a brief and usually unplanned fight during a war

  • : a minor or brief argument or disagreement

Full Definition of skirmish

  1. 1 :  a minor fight in war usually incidental to larger movements

  2. 2a :  a brisk preliminary verbal conflictb :  a minor dispute or contest between opposing parties <the debate touched off a skirmish>

Examples of skirmish

  1. Skirmishes broke out between rebel groups.

  2. Violent skirmishes with the enemy continue despite talks of peace.



Origin of skirmish

Middle English skyrmissh, alteration (influenced by Anglo-French eskermir to fence (with swords), protect, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German scirmen to protect, scirm shield) of skarmuch, from Anglo-French escarmuche, from Old Italian scaramuccia — more at screen


First Known Use: 14th century


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skirmish

intransitive verb skir·mish

Simple Definition of skirmish

  • : to be involved in a skirmish

Full Definition of skirmish

  1. 1 :  to engage in a skirmish

  2. 2 :  to search about (as for supplies) :  scout around

skir·mish·er noun

Examples of skirmish

  1. Rebel groups are skirmishing with military forces.

  2. The presidential candidates skirmished over their economic plans.



14th Century

First Known Use of skirmish

14th century


SKIRMISH Defined for Kids

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skirmish

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noun skir·mish \ˈskər-mish\

Definition of skirmish

  1. 1 :  a minor fight in war

  2. 2 :  a minor argument




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skirmish

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verb skir·mish

Definition of skirmish

skir·mishedskir·mish·ing

  1. :  to take part in a fight or dispute





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