Definition of skirmish in English:

skirmish

Line breaks: skir|mish
Pronunciation: /ˈskəːmɪʃ
 
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noun

verb

[no object] (often as noun skirmishing) Back to top  
  • Engage in a skirmish: reports of skirmishing along the border
    More example sentences
    • But they can expect little sympathy from the anti-globalisation protesters, already skirmishing yesterday with the police in south-west France.
    • At age 15, he was travelling Italy with Lazio's infamous Irriducibili hooligans, skirmishing with police and opposing supporters.
    • She leaves the frame, and one of the boys is skirmishing with a football.
    Synonyms
    fight, do battle with, battle with, engage with, close with, combat, clash with, come to blows with, exchange blows with, struggle with, tussle with
    informal scrap with

Derivatives

skirmisher

noun
More example sentences
  • In several little fields were knots of skirmishers.
  • Quickly following Miller in the charge came the infantrymen and Winters's dismounted cavalry moving as skirmishers.
  • In an earlier time, they would have been called skirmishers.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French eskirmiss-, lengthened stem of eskirmir, from a Germanic verb meaning 'defend'.

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