skiffle

noun
skif·​fle | \ ˈski-fəl How to pronounce skiffle (audio) \

Definition of skiffle

: American jazz or folk music played entirely or in part on nonstandard instruments (such as jugs, washboards, or Jew's harps) also : a derivative form of music formerly popular in Great Britain featuring vocals with a simple instrumental accompaniment

Examples of skiffle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first group that Ms. Waterson formed with her siblings and Mr. Harrison played skiffle music, a blend of American folk music, blues and jazz that became hugely popular in Britain in the 1950s. Jim Farber, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Everly Brothers covers and rootsy acoustic tunes that swept Britain during the late '50s skiffle craze. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 On July 6, 1957, McCartney, now fifteen, rode his bike to a nearby fair to hear a local skiffle group called the Quarry Men. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Valentine took up the guitar at 13 in his hometown of North Shields in northeast England, subsequently getting involved in the skiffle craze — a kind of fusion of American folk, country, jazz and blues — that was sweeping the U.K. Pan Pylas, ajc, 31 Jan. 2021 Valentine took up the guitar at 13 in his hometown of North Shields in northeast England, subsequently getting involved in the skiffle craze — a kind of fusion of American folk, country, jazz and blues — that was sweeping the U.K. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 31 Jan. 2021 In recent years, Valentine has been living in the U.S. state of Connecticut, returning to skiffle music with the formation of his band Skiffledog. Pan Pylas, ajc, 31 Jan. 2021 In recent years, Valentine has been living in the U.S. state of Connecticut, returning to skiffle music with the formation of his band Skiffledog. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 31 Jan. 2021 Sixteen-year-old John Lennon first met 15-year-old Paul McCartney when Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen skiffle group, performed a gig at St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of skiffle

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skiffle

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“Skiffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skiffle. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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