skimble-scamble

or skim·ble-skam·ble

[skim-buh l-skam-buh l; skim-uh l-skam-uh l]

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

adjective
  1. rambling; confused
noun
  1. meaningless discourse

Word Origin for skimble-scamble

C16: whimsical formation based on dialect scamble to struggle
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