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noun, verb (used without object), scrum·maged, scrum·mag·ing.
  1. scrum(defs 1, 3).
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Origin of scrummage

perhaps originally a dialectal variant of scrimmage
Related formsscrum·mag·er, noun
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Historical Examples of scrummage

  • They seldom go into the scrummage, but must have more coolness than the chargers.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

    Thomas Hughes

  • The pain was considerable, and when dragged from the scrummage he was in a half-fainting condition.

  • How would you like a scrummage, Andy, with them Scotchmen that stole your mother's chickens this morning?

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy

  • The ball has just fallen again where the two sides are thickest, and they close rapidly around it in a scrummage.

  • In the American game there is no scrummage in the English sense, nor is the ball thrown in at right angles after going into touch.

British Dictionary definitions for scrummage


noun, verb
  1. rugby another word for scrum
  2. a variant of scrimmage
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Derived Formsscrummager, noun

Word Origin for scrummage

C19: variant of scrimmage
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