scuffle

verb
scuf·​fle | \ ˈskə-fəl How to pronounce scuffle (audio) \
scuffled; scuffling\ ˈskə-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce scuffle (audio) \

Definition of scuffle

intransitive verb

1a : to struggle at close quarters with disorder and confusion
b : to struggle (as by working odd jobs) to get by
2a : to move with a quick shuffling gait : scurry

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Other Words from scuffle

scuffle noun

Examples of scuffle in a Sentence

Children scuffled on the playground. Small creatures scuffled in the underbrush.
Recent Examples on the Web After a Maori prayer, the kiwis are let go to scuffle into holes scraped for them under some beech trees. Naomi Arnold, Washington Post, "An island nation's audacious effort to save its unique wildlife," 31 Dec. 2020 The circumstances were unusual, as this was not a padded practice, and players on the same side of the ball, much less the same position group, rarely scuffle. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens safeties Earl Thomas III, Chuck Clark get into heated exchange near end of practice," 21 Aug. 2020 His duties include intervening when members scuffle with other gangs, such as Friends of the Dead, whose members loiter at a nearby cemetery. The Economist, "Club of cutpurses Inside the thieves’ guild in Freetown," 4 July 2020 Schwarze shot Clark only after Ringgenberg scuffled with the young man, according to the BCA findings. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "George Floyd killing latest in string of police actions to stoke public anger in Minnesota," 30 May 2020 Some scuffled with National Guard troops on the riverbank while others slipped through the lines and trudged off on a rural highway, with most taken into custody later in the day. Washington Post, "100s in river ‘no-man’s land’ after Mexico troops block way," 21 Jan. 2020 Some scuffled with National Guard troops on the riverbank while others slipped through the lines and trudged off on a rural highway, with most taken into custody later in the day. Maria Verza, Sonia Perez, Anchorage Daily News, "Migrants hoping to reach US run up against Mexican forces at Guatemala border," 21 Jan. 2020 She was met with the sound of frantically scuffling chairs. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "The Secret To Parenting During A Pandemic Is Calling A Princess On Zoom," 13 May 2020 Lawmakers say there will probably be another round of funding, though Republicans and Democrats are already scuffling over what kind of aid can be extended to states buckling under the costs of the pandemic. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "What’s in the new $484 billion coronavirus bill?," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of scuffle

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scuffle

perhaps frequentative of scuff

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The first known use of scuffle was in 1590

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Scuffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scuffle. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for scuffle

scuffle

verb
How to pronounce scuffle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scuffle

: to fight briefly and usually not very seriously
: to move quickly and with short steps

scuffle

verb
scuf·​fle | \ ˈskə-fəl How to pronounce scuffle (audio) \
scuffled; scuffling

Kids Definition of scuffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fight briefly and not very seriously

scuffle

noun

Kids Definition of scuffle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short fight that is not very serious
2 : the sound of shuffling

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