• WordNet 3.6
    • v scuffle fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters "the drunken men started to scuffle"
    • v scuffle walk by dragging one's feet "he shuffled out of the room","We heard his feet shuffling down the hall"
    • n scuffle an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
    • n scuffle disorderly fighting
    • n scuffle a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scuffle A child's pinafore or bib.
    • Scuffle A garden hoe.
    • Scuffle A rough, haphazard struggle, or trial of strength; a disorderly wrestling at close quarters.
    • Scuffle Hence, a confused contest; a tumultuous struggle for superiority; a fight. "The dog leaps upon the serpent, and tears it to pieces; but in the scuffle the cradle happened to be overturned."
    • Scuffle Hence, to strive or contend tumultuously; to struggle confusedly or at haphazard. "A gallant man had rather fight to great disadvantage in the field, in an orderly way, than scuffle with an undisciplined rabble."
    • Scuffle To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in a rough fashion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scuffle To push or fight in a disorderly or scrambling manner; struggle confusedly at close quarters.
    • scuffle Synonyms See quarrel, n.
    • n scuffle A confused pushing or struggle; a disorderly rencounter or fight.
    • n scuffle Synonyms Affray, Brawl, etc. See quarrel.
    • n scuffle A form of garden hoe or thrust-hoe which is pushed instead of pulled, and commonly has a narrow, sharp blade set nearly in line with the handle: used for cutting off weeds beneath the surface of the ground.
    • n scuffle A child's pinafore or bib.
    • scuffle To use a scuffle or thrust-hoe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scuffle skuf′l to struggle closely: to fight confusedly
    • n Scuffle a struggle in which the combatants grapple closely: any confused contest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of scuff, v.i.; cf. Sw. skuffa, to push, shove, skuff, a push, Dan. skuffe, a drawer, a shovel, and E. shuffle, shove,. See Shove, and cf. Shuffle


In literature:

A kind of spree or scuffle took place between donkey-driver Quallo and another.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
After the scuffle, Caesar Jones was seen to put up a large bowie knife.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
A kind of spree or scuffle took place between donkey-driver Quallo and another.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
We two alone in all the scuffling world!
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
A scuffle ensued, and on a gun being fired over their heads, all but four instantly plunged into the sea.
"The Illustrated London Reading Book" by Various
In the scuffle I was forced to the floor.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
How I climbed and crawled and scuffled to get back to my horse!
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The scream was followed by a fall, a short scuffle, repeated stabbings, and violent breathing mixed with low groans.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
With one hand upon her throat, he essayed to choke her utterance, and thus they scuffled about the room.
"Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession" by Benjamin Wood
But list, I hear them scuffle, they are coming out.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 19, No. 537, March 10, 1832" by Various
They both went down, scuffling and panting in the sand.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
With the chief engineer Kettle had another scuffle.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
For a second there was a terrific scuffling in the leaves.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
The sounds of the scuffle had aroused no one.
"The Boy Allies On the Firing Line" by Clair W. Hayes
For a moment there was a hideous scuffle.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
It happened to fall off in the scuffle, and he did not miss it till demanded, by its owner.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VI" by Robert Kerr
Faith, GRANVILLE, we shall miss thee much Where kites and crows of faction scuffle!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 11, 1891" by Various
A scuffling ensued, and a confusion of sounds impossible to describe.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
At the height of the howling, scuffling, kicking and fighting a short diversion was effected.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
A scuffle between the English and Natives.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox

In poetry:

Not though the earliest primrose break
On the sunny side of the lane,
And scuffling rookeries awake
Their England's spring again.
"The American Rebellion" by Rudyard Kipling
A scuffle quickly now ensued;
With moral power they were endued.
They fired,—they missed,—they fired again,—
"Two thousand dollars" lost—and men!
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Little old man
Scuffling beside her, bending down, catching his opportunity,
Parting his steel-trap face, so suddenly, and seizing her scaly ankle,
And hanging grimly on,
Letting go at last as she drags away,
And closing his steel-trap face.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Councilman's dad arrested after scuffle with cops.
Trainers scuffle at Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto weigh-in.
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The Bobcats took 10th out of 23 teams in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which ended Monday.
Man Arrested After Scuffle With Officer.
Justin Bieber wanted for questioning in scuffle .
A spirited scuffle during 11-on-11 work in the red zone highlighted the Patriots' season-ticket-holder-only practice Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Another Philly Officer Caught on Video in Scuffle .
Sit-down interview with Jefferson Smith on 1993 scuffle .
The topic was his scuffle with a woman in college that left her needing stitches on her head.
A Winona police officer escaped serious injury after he scuffled with a Winona man on a downtown street early Friday.
Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Scuffle at Aldi ends in robbery arrest.
French Protesters Scuffle Over Gay Marriage.
Everything You Need to Know About Drake and Chris Brown's Club Scuffle .