scuffle

  • 1 Scuffle — Scuf fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Scuffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scuffling}.] [Freq. of scuff, v.i.; cf. Sw. skuffa to push, shove, skuff a push, Dan. skuffe a drawer, a shovel, and E. shuffle, shove. See {Shove}, and cf. {Shuffle}.] 1. To strive or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Scuffle — Scuf fle, n. 1. A rough, haphazard struggle, or trial of strength; a disorderly wrestling at close quarters. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a confused contest; a tumultuous struggle for superiority; a fight. [1913 Webster] The dog leaps upon the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 scuffle — [n] fight affray, brawl, broil, commotion, disturbance, fracas, fray, fuss*, go*, jump, mixup, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, scrap, set to*, shuffle, strife, tussle, wrangle; concept 106 Ant. agreement, peace scuffle [v] fight clash, come to… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 scuffle — ► NOUN ▪ a short, confused fight or struggle. ► VERB 1) engage in a scuffle. 2) move in a hurried, confused, or shuffling way. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 scuffle — index affray, altercation, belligerency, brawl (noun), brawl (verb), commotion, confrontation (altercation) …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 scuffle — 1570s, probably a frequentative form of SCUFF (Cf. scuff), of Scandinavian origin. Related: Scuffled; scuffling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 scuffle — vb *wrestle, tussle, grapple Analogous words: fight, *contend: clash, conflict, collide, *bump …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 scuffle — [skuf′əl] vi. scuffled, scuffling [freq. of SCUFF] 1. to struggle or fight in rough confusion 2. to move in a confused hurry or bustle 3. to drag the feet; shuffle ☆ 4. Informal to try hard but with little or no success; specif., to struggle to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 scuffle — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief ▪ little, minor VERB + SCUFFLE ▪ be involved in SCUFFLE + VERB ▪ break out …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 scuffle — I UK [ˈskʌf(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms scuffle : singular scuffle plural scuffles a small fight that lasts for a short time and is not very violent II UK [ˈskʌf(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms scuffle : present tense… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 scuffle — scuf|fle1 [ˈskʌfəl] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] a short fight that is not very violent ▪ Scuffles broke out between rival supporters during the match. scuffle with/between ▪ scuffles with police scuffle 2… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 scuffle — scuffler, n. scufflingly, adv. /skuf euhl/, v., scuffled, scuffling, n. v.i. 1. to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner. 2. to go or move in hurried confusion. 3. to move or go with a shuffle; scuff. n. 4. a rough, confused struggle or… …

    Universalium

  • 13 scuffle — v. (D; intr.) to scuffle with * * * [ skʌf(ə)l] (D; intr.) to scuffle with …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 scuffle — [[t]skʌ̱f(ə)l[/t]] scuffles, scuffling, scuffled 1) N COUNT A scuffle is a short, disorganized fight or struggle. Violent scuffles broke out between rival groups demonstrating for and against independence. Syn: fight 2) V RECIP If people scuffle …

    English dictionary

  • 15 scuffle — intransitive verb (scuffled; scuffling) Etymology: perhaps frequentative of scuff Date: 1590 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 scuffle — 1. noun a) A rough disorderly fight or struggle at close quarters b) A Dutch hoe, manipulated by both pushing and pulling Syn: scuffle hoe …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 scuffle — scuf|fle1 [ skʌfl ] noun count a small fight that lasts for a short time and is not very violent scuffle scuf|fle 2 [ skʌfl ] verb intransitive 1. ) to have a short fight that is not very violent 2. ) to move quickly in a way that makes a noise …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 scuffle — noun 1》 a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters. 2》 an act or sound of moving in a scuffling manner. verb 1》 engage in a scuffle. 2》 move in a hurried, confused, or shuffling way. Origin C16: prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Swed. skuffa …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 scuffle — 1 noun (C) a short fight between a few people that is not very violent: a brief scuffle in a corner of the bar 2 verb (I) 1 to have a short fight with someone, in a way that is not very serious or violent 2 (always + adv/prep) to walk or move… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 scuffle — 1. noun there was a scuffle outside the pub Syn: fight, struggle, tussle, brawl, fracas, free for all, scrimmage; informal scrap, set to, roughhouse 2. verb demonstrators scuffled with police Syn: fight, struggle, tussle, exchange …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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