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scrimmage

noun scrim·mage \ ˈskri-mij \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of scrimmage

1 a :a minor battle :skirmish
b :a confused fight :scuffle
2 a :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

Examples of scrimmage in a Sentence

  1. The first play from scrimmage netted them a touchdown.

  2. the two players got into a scrimmage off the court and got suspended

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Origin and Etymology of scrimmage

Middle English scrymmage, alteration of skyrmissh skirmish

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scrimmage

verb

Definition of scrimmage

scrimmaged; scrimmaging
intransitive verb
:to take part in a scrimmage
transitive verb
:to play a scrimmage against

scrimmager

noun

Examples of scrimmage in a Sentence

  1. Last weekend we scrimmaged against Bell High.

Recent Examples of scrimmage from the Web

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First Known Use of scrimmage

circa 1825

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SCRIMMAGE Defined for English Language Learners

scrimmage

noun

Definition of scrimmage for English Language Learners

  • American football : the point in a game at which the center passes or throws the ball to the quarterback

  • : an informal game that is played for practice : a game that is not official


scrimmage

verb

Definition of scrimmage for English Language Learners

  • : to play in a scrimmage


SCRIMMAGE Defined for Kids

scrimmage

noun scrim·mage \ ˈskri-mij \

Definition of scrimmage for Students

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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