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skiffle

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[ skif-uhl ]
/ ˈskɪf əl /
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verb (used with object), skif·fled, skif·fling.

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Origin of skiffle

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Perhaps akin to scabble

Definition for skiffle (2 of 2)

skiffle2
[ skif-uhl ]
/ ˈskɪf əl /

noun

a jazz style of the 1920s deriving from blues, ragtime, and folk music, played by bands made up of both standard and improvised instruments.
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

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First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for skiffle (1 of 2)

skiffle1
/ (ˈskɪfəl) /

noun

a style of popular music of the 1950s, played chiefly on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for skiffle (2 of 2)

skiffle2
/ (ˈskɪfəl) /

noun

Ulster dialect a drizzlea skiffle of rain
from Scottish skiff, from skiff to move lightly, probably changed from skift, from Old Norse skipta shift
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