scuffle

play
verb scuf·fle \ˈskə-fəl\

Definition of scuffle

scuffled

;

scuffling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to struggle at close quarters with disorder and confusionb :  to struggle (as by working odd jobs) to get by

  3. 2a :  to move with a quick shuffling gait :  scurryb :  shuffle

scuffle

noun

Examples of scuffle in a Sentence

  1. Children scuffled on the playground.

  2. Small creatures scuffled in the underbrush.

Origin and Etymology of scuffle

perhaps frequentative of scuff


First Known Use: 1590


SCUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

scuffle

play
verb

Definition of scuffle for English Language Learners

  • : to fight briefly and usually not very seriously

  • : to move quickly and with short steps


SCUFFLE Defined for Kids

1

scuffle

play
verb scuf·fle \ˈskə-fəl\

Definition of scuffle for Students

scuffled

;

scuffling

  1. 1 :  to fight briefly and not very seriously

  2. 2 :  scuff 1


2

scuffle

play
noun scuf·fle

Definition of scuffle for Students

  1. 1 :  a short fight that is not very serious

  2. 2 :  the sound of shuffling



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scuffle? 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

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!