scuffle

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

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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.

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But there was some scuffling between police and a small group of protesters who tried to get nearer to the parliament exits to jeer and taunt politicians and guests leaving the building. Washington Post, "Hungary president recommends Viktor Orban as prime minister," 10 May 2018 At least 21 people were arrested after commuters chanted anti-government slogans, jumped over electronic ticket gates to avoid paying and scuffled with police to avoid arrest. Washington Post, "Egypt editor suggests more presidential terms for el-Sissi," 14 May 2018 Earlier in the weekend, riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to separate supporters and opponents who began to scuffle. Washington Post, "Brazil’s Lula rallies support, draws protest as prison looms," 25 Mar. 2018 Brewers catchers were 14th in the majors with a .676 OPS, an indication that many teams were scuffling at the position. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Numbers tell the story of the Brewers' offensive ups and downs," 22 June 2018 Adding to the pressure, the trade tensions are rising when many farmers are already scuffling. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "Trade war threatens the GOP's firewall in 2018," 10 Apr. 2018 Spangenberg hits second Another hitter who was scuffling is not only getting more chance to play lately but on Thursday was in the No.2 spot in the order for the second straight game. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Hosmer's numbers; Ross quality not enough for first time," 15 June 2018 In the video shown by Fox 6, a woman in a pink shirt is seen scuffling with the other woman, identified as an 18-year-old assistant manager, behind the counter and in front of the drive-through window and food preparation area. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burger King brawl at Waukesha shopping center results in one arrest," 25 Apr. 2018 When Young rose up to shoot, his arm got tangled up with Allen's, and the two scuffled a moment as Young tried to wrestle free. Teammates moved quickly to separate the pair, while referees also intervened. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Rookies Grayson Allen and Trae Young scuffle during Summer League game," 6 July 2018

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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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scuffle

verb

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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