As both a noun and a verb, scuffle involves a fight. As a noun, it is the clash itself, like a scuffle between sworn enemies. As a verb, it means to fight, 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.

Definitions of scuffle
  1. verb
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
    “the drunken men started to scuffle
    synonyms: tussle
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    type of:
    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
  2. noun
    an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
    synonyms: scramble
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    type of:
    battle, struggle
    an energetic attempt to achieve something
  3. noun
    disorderly fighting
    synonyms: dogfight, hassle, rough-and-tumble, tussle
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    type of:
    combat, fight, fighting, scrap
    the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
  4. verb
    walk by dragging one's feet
    synonyms: shamble, shuffle
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    drag, scuff
    walk without lifting the feet
    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  5. noun
    a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
    synonyms: Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe
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    type of:
    a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle
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