skiffle

1
[skif-uh l]

Origin of skiffle

1
perhaps akin to scabble

skiffle

2
[skif-uh l]
noun
  1. a jazz style of the 1920s deriving from blues, ragtime, and folk music, played by bands made up of both standard and improvised instruments.
  2. a style of popular music developed in England during the 1950s, deriving from hillbilly music and rock-'n'-roll, and played on a heterogeneous group of instruments, as guitar, washboard, ceramic jug, washtub, and kazoo.

Origin of skiffle

2
First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain
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skiffle

1
noun
  1. a style of popular music of the 1950s, played chiefly on guitars and improvised percussion instruments

Word Origin for skiffle

C20: of unknown origin

skiffle

2
noun
  1. Ulster dialect a drizzlea skiffle of rain

Word Origin for skiffle

from Scottish skiff, from skiff to move lightly, probably changed from skift, from Old Norse skipta shift
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Word Origin and History for skiffle
n.

style of U.K. pop music, 1957, from U.S. slang meaning "type of jazz played on improvised instruments" (1926), of unknown origin.

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