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.
- 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.
- 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 skifflepiffle, riffle, sniffle, whiffle
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