What does skirmish mean?

Definitions for skirmishˈskɜr mɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word skirmish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brush, clash, encounter, skirmish(verb)

    a minor short-term fight

  2. skirmish(verb)

    engage in a skirmish


  1. skirmish(Noun)

    A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.

  2. skirmish(Noun)

    By extension, any minor dispute.

  3. skirmish(Noun)

    A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.

  4. skirmish(Verb)

    To engage in a minor battle or dispute

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skirmish(verb)

    to fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers

  2. Skirmish(verb)

    a slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops

  3. Skirmish(verb)

    a slight contest

  4. Origin: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skirmish

    skėr′mish, n. an irregular fight between two small parties: a contest.—v.i. to fight slightly or irregularly.—ns. Skir′misher, a soldier belonging to troops dispersed to cover front or flank, and prevent surprises; Skir′mishing. [O. Fr. escarmouche—Old High Ger. skerman, scirman, to fight.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skirmish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skirmish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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