- 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[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move quickly making a quiet rubbing noise Some animal was scuffling in the bushes. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish skuffa
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//