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Definition of "scuffle" [scuf•fle]

  • To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters. (verb-intransitive)
  • To shuffle. (verb-intransitive)
  • A rough disorderly struggle at close quarters. (noun)
  • A hoe that is manipulated by pushing or pulling. Also called Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scuffle" in a sentence
  • "Indeed, the Gators have been through a rough couple weeks, but Donovan scoffs at the perception that the scuffle is a sign of a team in turmoil."
  • "I am, however, less sympathetic to your claim that the resolution-through-scuffle is absurd on the grounds that it is a highly-technical determination."
  • "Chargers 'Phillips arrested in scuffle with police"