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Definition of "skirmish" [skir•mish]

  • A minor battle in war, as one between small forces or between large forces avoiding direct conflict. (noun)
  • A minor or preliminary conflict or dispute: a skirmish over the rules before the debate began. (noun)
  • To engage in a minor battle or dispute. (verb-intransitive)

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 "skirmish" in a sentence
  • "This skirmish is the first which has taken place on the soil of this State."
  • "For me, that they are weapons of questionable efficacy in this ideological skirmish is the mark of their most indispensable value."
  • "The main skirmish between French and Indians I know of in that era occurred upriver, at Natchez."