scuffle

[ skuhf-uhl ]
/ ˈskʌf əl /

verb (used without object), scuf·fled, scuf·fling.

to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
to go or move in hurried confusion.
to move or go with a shuffle; scuff.

noun

QUIZZES

CAN YOU GUESS THESE WORDS FROM AROUND THE US?

American English is not always as it appears to be ... get to know regional words in this quiz!
Question 1 of 10
A bet is synonymous with a wager, but what does it mean in New York?

Origin of scuffle

First recorded in 1570–80; see origin at scuff, -le

SYNONYMS FOR scuffle ON THESAURUS.COM

OTHER WORDS FROM scuffle

scuffler, nounscuf·fling·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for scuffle

British Dictionary definitions for scuffle (1 of 2)

scuffle1
/ (ˈskʌfəl) /

verb (intr)

to fight in a disorderly manner
to move by shuffling
to move in a hurried or confused manner

noun

a disorderly struggle
the sound made by scuffling or shuffling

Word Origin for scuffle

C16: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish skuff, skuffa to push

British Dictionary definitions for scuffle (2 of 2)

scuffle2
/ (ˈskʌfəl) /

noun

US a type of hoe operated by pushing rather than pulling

Word Origin for scuffle

C18: from Dutch schoffel shovel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012