Definition of skirmish in English:


Syllabification: skir·mish
Pronunciation: /ˈskərmiSH



[no object] (often as noun skirmishing) Back to top  
  • Engage in a skirmish: reports of skirmishing along the border
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    • 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.
    fight, (do) battle with, engage with, close with, combat, clash with



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  • 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.


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

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