Definition of scuffle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scuffle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌfl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scuffle
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌfl//
     
    he / she / it scuffles
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌflz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌflz//
     
    past simple scuffled
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌfld//
     
    past participle scuffled
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌfld//
     
    -ing form scuffling
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌflɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌflɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] scuffle (with somebody) (of two or more people) to fight or struggle with each other for a short time, in a way that is not very serious She scuffled with photographers as she left her hotel. They scuffled for a few minutes, but did not exchange blows.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move quickly making a quiet rubbing noise Some animal was scuffling in the bushes.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish skuffa ‘to push’; related to shove and shuffle.
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