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scuffle

[ skuhf-uhl ]
/ ˈskʌf əl /
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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
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Origin of scuffle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM scuffle

scuffler, nounscuf·fling·ly, adverb
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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
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