scrum

play
noun \ ˈskrəm \

Definition of scrum

1 a or scrummage play \ˈskrə-mij\ :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
b :a usually brief and disorderly struggle or fight :scrape, scuffle
2 a British :madhouse 2
b :a usually tightly packed or disorderly crowd :throng

scrummage

intransitive verb

Examples of scrum in a Sentence

  1. I had to fight my way through the scrum of holiday shoppers at the mall.

  2. when the server spilled a drink on a customer, they got into a bit of a scrum before being separated

Recent Examples of scrum from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scrum.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of scrum

short for scrummage, alteration of scrimmage

scrum Synonyms

Synonyms
army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, crowd, swarm, throng
Related Words
masses, millions, rabble, rabblement, riffraff; gaggle; heap, mountain, pile; jam, logjam
Near Antonyms
truce

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms


SCRUM Defined for English Language Learners

scrum

play
noun

Definition of scrum for English Language Learners

  • rugby : a way of starting play again in which players from each team come together and try to get control of the ball by pushing against each other and using their feet when the ball is thrown in between them

  • : the group of players who are involved in a scrum

  • : a large group of people who are close together in one place



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scrum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

all at once

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized-drawing-of-woman-pole-vaulting-across-gap-to-get-trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!