Definitions for skirmishˈskɜr mɪʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a fight between small bodies of troops.
any brisk conflict or encounter.
(v.i.)to engage in a skirmish.
Origin of skirmish:
1300–50 < OF eskirmiss-, s. of eskirmir < Frankish; cf. OHG skirman to defend
brush, clash, encounter, skirmish(verb)
a minor short-term fight
engage in a skirmish
A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
By extension, any minor dispute.
A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.
To engage in a minor battle or dispute
to fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers
a slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops
a slight contest