[ skrim-ij ]
/ ˈskrɪm ɪdʒ /


a rough or vigorous struggle.
  1. the action that takes place between the teams from the moment the ball is snapped until it is declared dead.Compare line of scrimmage.
  2. a practice session or informal game, as that played between two units of the same team.

verb (used with or without object), scrim·maged, scrim·mag·ing.

to engage in a scrimmage.

Nearby words

  1. scribbly gum,
  2. scribe,
  3. scribe, augustin eugène,
  4. scriber,
  5. scrim,
  6. scrimmage line,
  7. scrimp,
  8. scrimp and save,
  9. scrimpy,
  10. scrimshander

Origin of scrimmage

1425–75; late Middle English, variant of scrimish, metathetic form of skirmish

Related formsscrim·mag·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scrimmage


/ (ˈskrɪmɪdʒ) /


a rough or disorderly struggle
American football the clash of opposing linemen at every down


(intr) to engage in a scrimmage
(tr) to put (the ball) into a scrimmage
Derived Formsscrimmager, noun

Word Origin for scrimmage

C15: from earlier scrimish, variant of skirmish

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Word Origin and History for scrimmage
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