- 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 scuffling
It grows in the bones of scuffling, isolated country childhoods.Murray Kempton on The Homecoming of Willie Mays
March 31, 2014
There was a good deal of scuffling and stamping, and a noise of persons falling.The Fortune of the Rougons
Suddenly there was a scuffling, yells were heard and tables were upset.L'Assommoir
The reporters stopped their scuffling and followed Stern's gaze.Martians Never Die
There was a clamorous crowd about the door––pushing, scuffling, shouting.Billy Topsail & Company
Presently she heard a scuffling noise and cries outside, in the passage.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
- 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 scuffling
"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.