to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
to go or move in hurried confusion.
a rough, confused struggle or fight.
a shuffling: a scuffle of feet.
Also called scuffle hoe . a spadelike hoe that is pushed instead of pulled.
(in tap dancing) a forward and backward movement of the foot.
- scuffler, noun
- scuf·fling·ly, adverb
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How to use scuffle in a sentence
After Newsweek covered the online scuffle and characterized Brown as a Republican, he took to Twitter to demand an apology.Why People Are Mad at Alton Brown and Why Alton Brown Is Mad at Newsweek, Explained | Elazar Sontag | November 11, 2020 | Eater
It grows in the bones of scuffling, isolated country childhoods.
Here there was a scuffling sound in the basket, and the Roc rapped on the cover with her hard beak, and cried, "Hush!"Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
There was a lot of mysterious whispering and scuffling round by the light of a couple of dirty greasy bits of candle.Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
But after a moment of scuffling, he was again held securely.The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for scuffle (1 of 2)
to fight in a disorderly manner
to move by shuffling
to move in a hurried or confused manner
a disorderly struggle
the sound made by scuffling or shuffling
British Dictionary definitions for scuffle (2 of 2)
US a type of hoe operated by pushing rather than pulling
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