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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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., "This day in history," 6 July 2019 He was born in 1941, and like so many teens of his generation was sucked into music by England’s mid-50s skiffle craze. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Singer and guitarist Martin Carthy has brought an ecumenical breadth to British folk tradition for nearly six decades," 6 Apr. 2018 The tour was winding down, finishing in the parking lot of St. Peter’s Church where Paul first heard John and his Quarrymen skiffle band play a Sunday picnic on July 6, 1957. New York Times, "A Beatles Tour in England? You Know That Can’t be Bad," 6 Apr. 2018 As musicians rehearsed skiffle songs for the debut show, contractors drilled holes for door hardware. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "B Street’s new Sofia theater complex is (almost) ready for its close-up," 19 Jan. 2018 That image is included in Mr. Bragg’s book as evidence of skiffle’s enormous influence. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "Before the Fab Four," 7 July 2017 As with the other aforementioned genres, skiffle had a long and convoluted prehistory. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "Before the Fab Four," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of skiffle

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Skiffle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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