scuffle

play
intransitive verb scuf·fle \ˈskə-fəl\

Definition of scuffle

scuffled

scuffling

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

  2. 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
intransitive verb scuf·fle \ˈskə-fəl\

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



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