AskDefine | Define scuffle

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1 disorderly fighting [syn: hassle, tussle, dogfingt, rough-and-tumble]
2 a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling [syn: scuffle hoe, Dutch hoe]
3 an unceremonious and disorganized struggle [syn: scramble]


1 walk by dragging one's feet; "he shuffled out of the room"; "We heard his feet shuffling down the hall" [syn: shuffle, shamble]
2 fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters; "the drunken men started to scuffle" [syn: tussle]

User Contributed Dictionary




rough disorderly fight or struggle at close quarters
Dutch hoe


  1. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  2. To walk with a shuffling gait.


fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters
  • Finnish: nujakoida, kahakoida
  • German: raufen
to walk with a shuffling gait
  • Hungarian: csoszog

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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