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skimble-scamble

or skim·ble-skam·ble

[ skim-buhl-skam-buhl; skim-uhl-skam-uhl ]
/ ˈskɪm bəlˌskæm bəl; ˈskɪm əlˌskæm əl /
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adjective

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

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Origin of skimble-scamble

First recorded in 1590–1600; reduplication of Scots and British dialect 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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