scrim·​mage | \ ˈskri-mij How to pronounce scrimmage (audio) \

Definition of scrimmage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a minor battle : skirmish
b : a confused fight : scuffle
2a : the interplay between two football teams that begins with the snap of the ball and continues until the ball is dead
b : practice play (as in football or basketball) between two squads


scrimmaged; scrimmaging

Definition of scrimmage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take part in a scrimmage

transitive verb

: to play a scrimmage against

Other Words from scrimmage


scrimmager noun

Examples of scrimmage in a Sentence

Noun The first play from scrimmage netted them a touchdown. the two players got into a scrimmage off the court and got suspended Verb Last weekend we scrimmaged against Bell High.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Per Wagoner, Samuel accounted for 28 percent of the Niners' yards from scrimmage in 2021, the fourth-highest percentage of any player in the NFL. Nicholas Mcgee, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Hall, who has sub-4.4 speed, had 3,526 yards from scrimmage and 46 TDs during his last two seasons with the Cyclones. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Samuel, 26, compiled 1,770 yards from scrimmage last season (the third-highest total of any player). Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 Walker breaks his own USFL record for the longest run from scrimmage by going 89 yards on his second carry. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Davion Primm also had a few moments during scrimmage work, and Harold Joiner III looks to be a potential third-down pass-catching option. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2022 The University of Utah football program conducted an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday as part of the spring period of the 2022 football season. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 The Razorbacks' scrimmage will be conducted inside Walker Pavilion, the football indoor practice facility. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 Saturday’s scrimmage took a vanilla approach schematically but featured some impressive moments for young defensive backs and second-year edge rushers. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Warriors likely will scrimmage Thursday, and their playoff opener against the Nuggets is Saturday at Chase Center. Ron Kroichick By, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2022 Usually, before an Olympics, the U.S. is able to scrimmage teams from across the world to ready themselves for the competition. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 The Challengers league will be, and that could mean CDL teams have a harder go at finding teams to scrimmage if another CDL squad isn’t readily available. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 Jason said his freshman group would often scrimmage his older brother’s team. Rick Armstrong,, 7 Dec. 2021 From having to drive 100 miles to practice, May can now scrimmage with the men’s team on campus or drive 20 minutes to the beach where public courts greet visitors in the sand. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 Dutcher took his team to Pauley Pavilion to scrimmage preseason No. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2021 The Wildcats will scrimmage during Friday's Blue-White Game, which will air on the SEC Network at 7 p.m. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 19 Oct. 2021 The team will practice and possibly scrimmage with other area college teams, and the school announced that all scholarships will be honored. Lori Riley,, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scrimmage


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1536, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for scrimmage


Middle English scrymmage, alteration of skyrmissh skirmish

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“Scrimmage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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scrim·​mage | \ ˈskri-mij How to pronounce scrimmage (audio) \

Kids Definition of scrimmage

1 : the action between two football teams when one attempts to move the ball down the field
2 : a practice game between two teams or between two groups from the same team

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