- to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
- to go or move in hurried confusion.
- to move or go with a shuffle; scuff.
- a rough, confused struggle or fight.
- a shuffling: a scuffle of feet.
- Also called scuffle hoe. a spadelike hoe that is pushed instead of pulled.
- (in tap dancing) a forward and backward movement of the foot.
Origin of scuffle
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Examples from the Web for scuffle
Of those who were caught in the scuffle, many were teenagers, students, civic activists, and pensioners.Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities as Demonstrations Continue
October 1, 2014
A scuffle with a teacher results in an arrest and expulsion, and Jameis is sent to juvenile detention for assault charges.Are Black Students Unruly? Or is America Just Racist?
March 21, 2014
There had been a scuffle at school; well, a scuffle after football practice is more precise.Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right
March 16, 2014
Sharpton later accused Ryan of kicking a blind man in a scuffle with demonstrators.Al Sharpton’s Long Bill of Goods, From Tawana Brawley to Primetime
June 3, 2013
On the surface, the scuffle merely reflected differing opinions about the arguments deployed last week at the Supreme Court.Bill O’Reilly vs. Rush Limbaugh
April 1, 2013
One of my men, who had been wounded in the scuffle, had his hand all bloody.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Courage educated into them at Eton or Rugby, in many a fight and 289 scuffle.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The Admiral's Secretary entered, and saw the scuffle from afar.Soldiers Three, Part II.
In the scuffle Luna was knocked down and shot several times.The Philippine Islands
He heard a scuffle of feet and she was pulled from the window.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
- to fight in a disorderly manner
- to move by shuffling
- to move in a hurried or confused manner
- a disorderly struggle
- the sound made by scuffling or shuffling
- US a type of hoe operated by pushing rather than pulling
Word Origin and History for scuffle
"to push or fight in a disorderly manner," 1570s, probably a frequentative form of scuff, of Scandinavian origin. Related: Scuffled; scuffling. As a noun c.1600, from the verb.