Definitions for: Scuffle

[n] an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
[n] disorderly fighting
[n] a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
[v] fight or wrestle in a vigorous way
[v] fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters; "the drunken men started to scuffle"
[v] walk by dragging one's feet; "he shuffled out of the room"; "We heard his feet shuffling down the hall"

Webster (1913) Definition: Scuf"fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scuffled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Scuffling.] [Freq. of scuff, v.i.; cf. Sw. skuffa to
push, shove, skuff a push, Dan. skuffe a drawer, a shovel,
and E. shuffle, shove. See Shove, and cf. Shuffle.]
1. To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in
a rough fashion.

2. Hence, to strive or contend tumultuously; to struggle
confusedly or at haphazard.

A gallant man had rather fight to great disadvantage
in the field, in an orderly way, than scuffle with
an undisciplined rabble. --Eikon

Scuf"fle, n.
1. A rough, haphazard struggle, or trial of strength; a
disorderly wrestling at close quarters.

2. Hence, a confused contest; a tumultuous struggle for
superiority; a fight.

The dog leaps upon the serpent, and tears it to
pieces; but in the scuffle the cradle happened to be
overturned. --L'Estrange.

3. A child's pinafore or bib. [Prov. Eng.]

4. A garden hoe. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Synonyms: Dutch hoe, hassle, rough-and-tumble, scramble, scuffle hoe, shamble, shuffle, tussle, tussle, tussle

See Also: battle, combat, drag, fight, fight, fighting, hoe, scuff, struggle, struggle, struggle, walk

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