from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A turmoil; a broil; a fray; a fight.
  • transitive v. To strike, beat, or bang; to break; to destroy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike, beat, or bang; break; destroy.
  • n. A tumult; fray; light; struggle; row; disturbance.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Seaforth profited by the confusion to take the delinquent who had caused this "stramash" by the arm, and to lead him to the lawn, where he had a word or two for his private ear.

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  • It must be a mark of how I've managed to cut down on my interwebs time-wasting that until yesterday I was completely unaware of the big online stramash that this was born out of.

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  • "When a penalty kick is saved and the ball rebounds off the goalkeeper and back into play there is often something of a stramash in the penalty area, and yet despite the melee I dont think I've ever seen a referee immediately award another penalty as a result of further foul play," writes James Crane.

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  • "Yon wee stramash didna do it any good," he admitted, massaging the shoulder with his free hand.

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  • Suppose a President McCain approached every problem, dispute or stramash with the same rigour, diligence and sweet consideration with which he seems to have chosen his running-mate?

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  • Note a typo in the Century definition: "light" should be "fight."

    December 30, 2016

  • There's nothing will Angus abash

    Once fed with the juice of the mash.

    Then, reft of all shame,

    Indifferent to blame,

    A ceilidh he'll make a stramash.

    December 30, 2016

  • I know it as a Scots word. Certainly if you hear someone using this word it's a safe bet they're Scottish. Often used to refer to a frenetic situation on the football field, e.g. 'There's a right old stramash in the box, and it squirts out to McSporran and the wee man just picks hs spot!'

    August 14, 2008

  • The few dictionaries I checked give the origin as "Scot. & Prov. Eng."

    I don't think I'd like the word as much if it were pronounced with emphasis on the first syllable. :-)

    August 14, 2008

  • Is this of Gaelic origin, perchance? I always think of it that way (perhaps because it sounds Scottish) but never bothered to find out.

    Edit: Google dictionary says origin unknown. *bummed out*

    August 14, 2008

  • Disturbance, racket; crash, smashup.

    May 13, 2008