or scrummage : a rugby play in which the forwards of each side come together in a tight formation and struggle to gain possession of the ball using their feet when it is tossed in among them
also : the arrangement of players in a scrum
: a usually brief and disorderly struggle or fight : scrape, scuffle
British : madhouse sense 2
: a usually tightly packed or disorderly crowd : throng
scrummage intransitive verb

Examples of scrum in a Sentence

I had to fight my way through the scrum of holiday shoppers at the mall. when the server spilled a drink on a customer, they got into a bit of a scrum before being separated
Recent Examples on the Web In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a thousand people waited for as many as eight hours outside a Zayre discount store; in the scrum that eventually erupted, one woman suffered a broken leg, and the store manager resorted to defending himself with a baseball bat. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Perhaps that’s the point, for things get more interesting in the wordless scrum that follows. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 His attack amplification tricks and bot infection tools had established him as a kind of Hack Forums alpha, an unmistakable standout in the scrum. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 Prince William is in France — and ready to watch a few scrums with his son! Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 14 Oct. 2023 McDaniel’s small, noisy scrum of backers sat nearby. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Yet, during a 12 1/2-minute scrum with the media, Trout showed brief flashes of hope. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2023 Oakland added a consolation strike in the 83rd minute after a scrum in front of the net, but by then the celebration was on. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2023 And suddenly, during his pregame media scrum hours before first pitch, manager Dave Roberts was contemplating Lynn’s potential role on the playoff roster, leaving open the possibility for the veteran to either start games or pitch bulk innings out of the bullpen. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


short for scrummage, alteration of scrimmage

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrum was in 1848

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“Scrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrum. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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