- The definition of a scuffle is a struggle or fight, often done quickly or in a confused way.
An example of a scuffle is a minor schoolyard fight.
- Scuffle is defined as to struggle or fight in a hurried or confused way.
An example of scuffle is to have a quick fight with arms and legs going in many directions during the fight.
Two girls having a scuffle.
intransitive verbscuffled, scuffling
- to struggle or fight in rough confusion
- to move in a confused hurry or bustle
- to drag the feet; shuffle
- ☆ Informal to try hard but with little or no success; specif., to struggle to survive
Origin of scufflefrequentative of scuff
- a rough, confused fight; close, haphazard struggle
- the act or sound of feet shuffling
intransitive verbscuf·fled, scuf·fling, scuf·fles
- To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
- To shuffle.
Origin of scuffleProbably frequentative of scuff.
Origin of scuffleDutch schoffel, hoe for weeding, from Middle Dutch, hoe, shovel.
(third-person singular simple present scuffles, present participle scuffling, simple past and past participle scuffled)