Definition of scuffle in English:


Syllabification: scuf·fle
Pronunciation: /ˈskəfəl


  • 2An act or sound of moving in a hurried, confused, or shuffling manner: he heard the scuffle of feet
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    • A series of scuffles and bangs sounded from within the gloom and even Marlo winced once when something heavy fell, smashed and Atoshi squeaked pathetically.
    • Almost as soon as he had done so, there were sounds of scuffles, all around him - Elfazar was able to move like lightning when he merged with the shadows, moving quickly to one demon, dealing with him, then moving to another.


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  • 1Engage in a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters: the teacher noticed two students scuffling in the corridor
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    • The inevitability of globalization was evident even to the demonstrators who scuffled with armed Swiss national police units in seeking to disrupt the proceedings.
    • Outside the hotel where the auction took place Tuesday, several protesters scuffled with security guards when they tried to push into the ballroom to block the sales.
    • Two campers are scuffling with each other off to one side.
    fight, struggle, tussle, exchange blows, come to blows, brawl, clash
    informal scrap
  • 2 [with adverbial of direction] Move in a hurried, confused, or awkward way, making a rustling or shuffling sound: a drenched woman scuffled through the doorway
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    • They scuffled and banged around downstairs for a few minutes, but then they were gone.
    • Cole scuffled over, his hands in his pockets and his eyes downcast.
    • Then, having lost her nerve already by her mother's harsh words, she scuffled back towards the exit in retreat.
  • 2.1 [with object] (Of an animal or person) move (something) in a scrambling or confused manner: the rabbit struggled free, scuffling his front paws
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    • Standing on her sore feet, Lily groaned as she scuffled her feet to the chair in the corner.
    • A single man stands like a bird-watcher, and scuffles the pepper and salt snow from a discarded, grey Westinghouse Electric cable drum.


late 16th century (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish skuffa 'to push'; related to shove and shuffle.

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