American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
- v. To shuffle.
- n. A rough disorderly struggle at close quarters.
- n. A hoe that is manipulated by pushing or pulling. Also called Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To push or fight in a disorderly or scrambling manner; struggle confusedly at close quarters.
- Synonyms See quarrel, n.
- n. A confused pushing or struggle; a disorderly rencounter or fight.
- n. Synonyms Affray, Brawl, etc. See quarrel.
- n. A form of garden hoe or thrust-hoe which is pushed instead of pulled, and commonly has a narrow, sharp blade set nearly in line with the handle: used for cutting off weeds beneath the surface of the ground.
- n. A child's pinafore or bib.
- To use a scuffle or thrust-hoe.
- n. A rough disorderly fight or struggle at close quarters
- n. A Dutch hoe, manipulated by both pushing and pulling
- n. archaic A child's pinafore or bib.
- v. intransitive To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
- v. intransitive To walk with a shuffling gait.
- v. slang To make a living with difficulty, getting by on a low income, to struggle financially.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in a rough fashion.
- v. Hence, to strive or contend tumultuously; to struggle confusedly or at haphazard.
- n. A rough, haphazard struggle, or trial of strength; a disorderly wrestling at close quarters.
- n. Hence, a confused contest; a tumultuous struggle for superiority; a fight.
- n. Prov. Eng. A child's pinafore or bib.
- n. Prov. Eng. A garden hoe.
- v. walk by dragging one's feet
- n. an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
- n. disorderly fighting
- n. a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
- v. fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
- Possibly of Scandinavian origin. Compare Swedish skuff ("a push") and skuffa ("to push"), from the Germanic base *skuf- (skuƀ). (Wiktionary)
- Probably frequentative of scuff.Dutch schoffel, hoe for weeding, from Middle Dutch, hoe, shovel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed, the Gators have been through a rough couple weeks, but Donovan scoffs at the perception that the scuffle is a sign of a team in turmoil.”
“I am, however, less sympathetic to your claim that the resolution-through-scuffle is absurd on the grounds that it is a highly-technical determination.”
“Chargers 'Phillips arrested in scuffle with police”
“Notice how the beating and multiple tasings are described as a 'scuffle'.”
“Not a latent echo in the house, not a squeak and scuffle from the mice behind the panelling, not a drip from the half-thawed water-spout in the dull yard behind, not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, not the idle swinging of an empty store-house door, no, not a clicking in the fire, but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.”
“Chimera said the scuffle was a result of a hard hit by Ovechkin earlier in the game.”
“The scuffle was a decided step out of character for the easygoing and humble Borel, a lifelong jockey who has flourished under the twin spires.”
“The fellow whose nose Bayard had bloodied in the scuffle was a herald of some sort.”
“As I recall a scuffle almost ensued between Ron Grantski and Lee Peterson.”
“The dispute terminates in the scuffle, which is the subject of the poem.”
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