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skiffle Line breaks: skif¦fle
Pronunciation: /ˈskɪf(ə)l/

Definition of skiffle in English:


[mass noun]
1British A kind of folk music with a blues or jazz flavour that was popular in the 1950s, played by a small group and often incorporating improvised instruments such as washboards.
Example sentences
  • From swing to big bands and from skiffle to psychedelia, the face of music was ever-evolving in the four decades starting in the 1930s.
  • A skiffle group is never gonna happen ever again.
  • Glasgow-born Donegan paved the way for the British pop explosion of the 1960s with skiffle, a blend of folk, blues and jazz.
2US A style of 1920s and 1930s jazz deriving from blues, ragtime, and folk music, using both improvised and conventional instruments.
Example sentences
  • Without Elvis, we might all be listening to jazz or skiffle.
  • Forster makes similar observations on ‘Born to a Family,’ working off of a nice change-of-pace skiffle beat.
  • On a skiffle groove, the Chicks wag their fingers at the homemakers' life, singing about the pleasures of cooking, dusting, and breeding.


1920s: perhaps imitative.

Words that rhyme with skiffle

piffle, riffle, sniffle, whiffle
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