scuffle

verb scuf·fle \ ˈskə-fəl \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of scuffle

scuffled; scuffling play \ˈskə-f(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :to struggle at close quarters with disorder and confusion
b :to struggle (as by working odd jobs) to get by
2 a :to move with a quick shuffling gait :scurry
b :shuffle

scuffle

noun

Examples of scuffle in a Sentence

  1. Children scuffled on the playground.

  2. Small creatures scuffled in the underbrush.

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Origin and Etymology of scuffle

perhaps frequentative of scuff


SCUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

scuffle

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

verb scuf·fle \ ˈskə-fəl \

Definition of scuffle for Students

scuffled; scuffling
1 :to fight briefly and not very seriously
2 :scuff 1

2

scuffle

noun

Definition of scuffle for Students

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


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