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Meaning of SKIRMISH

Pronunciation:  'skurmish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a minor short-term fight
  2. [v]  engage in a skirmish

SKIRMISH is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: brush, clash, encounter
 See Also: combat, contretemps, fight, fight, fighting, struggle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Skir"mish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Skirmished}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Skirmishing}.] [OE. skirmishen, scarmishen, OF.
    escremir, eskermir, to fence, fight, F. escrimer, of German
    origin; cf. OHG. scirmen to protect, defend, G. schirmen,
    OHG. scirm, scerm, protection, shield, G. schirm; perhaps
    akin to Gr. ???? a sunshade. Cf. {Scaramouch}, {Scrimmage}.]
    To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a
    skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers.
  2. \Skir"mish\, n.[OE. scarmishe, scrymishe. See
    {Skirmish}, v. i.]
    1. A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between
       detachments from armies, or between detached and small
       bodies of troops.
    2. A slight contest.
             They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit.