[ skruhm-ij ]

noun, verb (used without object),scrum·maged, scrum·mag·ing.

Origin of scrummage

Perhaps originally a dialectal variant of scrimmage

Other words from scrummage

  • scrum·mag·er, noun

Words Nearby scrummage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scrummage in a sentence

  • 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.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays | Thomas Hughes
  • 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.

  • As endless as are boys' characters, so are their ways of facing or not facing a scrummage at football.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays | Thomas Hughes
  • The pain was considerable, and when dragged from the scrummage he was in a half-fainting condition.

British Dictionary definitions for scrummage


/ (ˈskrʌmɪdʒ) /

noun, verb
  1. rugby another word for scrum

  2. a variant of scrimmage

Origin of scrummage

C19: variant of scrimmage

Derived forms of scrummage

  • scrummager, noun

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