Skirmish Definition

skûrmĭsh
skirmished, skirmishes, skirmishing
noun
skirmishes
A brief fight or encounter between small groups, usually an incident of a battle.
Webster's New World
Any slight, unimportant conflict; brush.
Webster's New World

A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.

Wiktionary
verb
skirmished, skirmishing
To take part in a skirmish.
Webster's New World
To engage in a minor battle or dispute.
Wiktionary
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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Other Word Forms of Skirmish

Noun

Singular:
skirmish
Plural:
skirmishes

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

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