scuffle

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly of Scandinavian origin. Compare Swedish skuff (a push) and skuffa (to push), from the Germanic base *skuf- (skuƀ).

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Noun[edit]

Bauernrauferei beim Kartenspiel (Smallholders Playing Cards, c. 1630–1640) by Flemish painter Adriaen Brouwer

scuffle (plural scuffles)

  1. A rough disorderly fight or struggle at close quarters
    • L'Estrange
      The dog leaps upon the serpent, and tears it to pieces; but in the scuffle the cradle happened to be overturned.
  2. A Dutch hoe, manipulated by both pushing and pulling
  3. (archaic) A child's pinafore or bib.

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Verb[edit]

scuffle (third-person singular simple present scuffles, present participle scuffling, simple past and past participle scuffled)

  1. (intransitive) To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
    • Eikon Basilike
      A gallant man had rather fight to great disadvantage in the field, in an orderly way, than scuffle with an undisciplined rabble.
  2. (intransitive) To walk with a shuffling gait.
  3. (slang) To make a living with difficulty, getting by on a low income, to struggle financially.

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