- a rough-and-tumble fight; tussle; confused struggle
- line of scrimmage
- play that begins with the snap from center, with both teams positioned on the line of scrimmage: usually with from: yardage from scrimmage
- Rugby scrum
- Sports a practice session or game between two different teams or two units of the same team
Origin of scrimmagealtered from skirmish
transitive verb-·maged, -·mag·ing
- Sports A practice session or informal game, as between two units of the same team.
- Football a. Play between the two teams from the time the ball is snapped until it is declared dead.b. The line of scrimmage.
- a. A rough-and-tumble struggle; a tussle.b. A skirmish.
verbscrim·maged, scrim·mag·ing, scrim·mag·es Sports
Origin of scrimmageMiddle English skirmish alteration of skirmisshe, scrimish ; see skirmish .
(third-person singular simple present scrimmages, present participle scrimmaging, simple past and past participle scrimmaged)
- To have, or be involved in, a scrimmage.
- We scrimmaged a few times and then settled into boring drills.
A corruption of skirmish.