[ 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.

Origin of scrimmage

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

Related forms

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

Examples from the Web for scrimmage

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 Forms

scrimmager, noun

Word Origin for scrimmage

C15: from earlier scrimish, variant of skirmish
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