Skirmish meaning

skûrmĭsh
A minor or preliminary conflict or dispute.

A skirmish over the rules before the debate began.

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The definition of a skirmish is a short argument or brief period of fighting.

When two people have a brief argument, this is an example of a skirmish.

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Skirmish is to get involved in a short little argument or fight.

When you get involved in a little fight, this is an example of a time when you skirmish.

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To engage in a minor battle or dispute.
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A minor battle in war, as one between small forces or between large forces avoiding direct conflict.
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A brief fight or encounter between small groups, usually an incident of a battle.
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Any slight, unimportant conflict; brush.
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To take part in a skirmish.
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(military) A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
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(figuratively) By extension, any minor dispute.
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A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.
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To engage in a minor battle or dispute.
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Origin of skirmish

  • Middle English skirmisshe alteration (influenced by Middle English skirmisshen to brandish a weapon) of skarmush from Old French eskarmouch from Old Italian scaramuccia of Germanic origin sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French escarmouche (“skirmish"), from Italian scaramuccia, earlier schermugio.

    From Wiktionary