scuffle

As both a noun and a verb, scuffle involves an all-out brawl. As a noun, it is the clash itself, like a scuffle between sworn enemies, or as a verb, it refers to the actual fighting, like a bully who will scuffle with just about anyone.

A scuffle is not an organized bout: it is a free-for-all, with fists flying in any and all directions. As a verb, it tells about the act of this kind of wild fighting, like angry kids who scuffle to try to settle their problems, but it can also mean "dragging one's feet while walking." Here, the meaning is not related to fighting, but rather the sound made by those shuffling feet.

Primary Meanings of scuffle

1.
vn
fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
2.
v
walk by dragging one's feet
3.
n
a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
Full Definitions of scuffle
1

v fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters

“the drunken men started to scuffle
Synonyms:
tussle
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

n an unceremonious and disorganized struggle

Synonyms:
scramble
Type of:
battle, struggle
an energetic attempt to achieve something

n disorderly fighting

Synonyms:
dogfight, hassle, rough-and-tumble, tussle
Type of:
combat, fight, fighting, scrap
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
2

v walk by dragging one's feet

Synonyms:
shamble, shuffle
Types:
drag, scuff
walk without lifting the feet
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
3

n a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling

Synonyms:
Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe
Type of:
hoe
a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle

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