skimble-scamble

or skim·ble-skam·ble

[ skim-buh l-skam-buh l; skim-uh l-skam-uh l ]
/ ˈskɪm bəlˌskæm bəl; ˈskɪm əlˌskæm əl /

adjective

rambling; confused; nonsensical: a skimble-scamble explanation.

Nearby words

  1. skim,
  2. skim milk,
  3. skim off,
  4. skim-milk,
  5. skim-read,
  6. skimboard,
  7. skimmed milk,
  8. skimmelton,
  9. skimmer,
  10. skimmerton

Origin of skimble-scamble

First recorded in 1590–1600; gradational reduplication of dial. scamble to struggle, trample

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British Dictionary definitions for skimble-scamble

skimble-scamble

/ (ˈskɪmbəlˈskæmbəl) archaic /

adjective

rambling; confused

noun

meaningless discourse

Word Origin for skimble-scamble

C16: whimsical formation based on dialect scamble to struggle

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