What does scrimmage mean?

Definitions for scrimmage
ˈskrɪm ɪdʒscrim·mage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scrimmagenoun

    (American football) practice play between a football team's squads

  2. melee, scrimmage, battle royalverb

    a noisy riotous fight

  3. scrimmageverb

    practice playing (a sport)


  1. scrimmagenoun

    A rough fight.

    Etymology: A corruption of skirmish.

  2. scrimmagenoun

    In some team sports, especially soccer, a practice game which does not count on a team's record.

    Etymology: A corruption of skirmish.

  3. scrimmagenoun

    In American football or Canadian football, a play that begins with a snap from the center while opposing teams are on either side of a line of scrimmage.

    Etymology: A corruption of skirmish.

  4. scrimmageverb

    To have, or be involved in, a scrimmage.

    We scrimmaged a few times and then settled into boring drills.

    Etymology: A corruption of skirmish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scrimmagenoun

    formerly, a skirmish; now, a general row or confused fight or struggle

    Etymology: [A corruption of skirmish. Sore scrymmishe. Ld. Berners.]

  2. Scrimmagenoun

    the struggle in the rush lines after the ball is put in play

    Etymology: [A corruption of skirmish. Sore scrymmishe. Ld. Berners.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scrimmage

    skrim′āj, n. a skirmish: a general fight: a tussle. [Prob. a corr. of skirmish.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrimmage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrimmage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of scrimmage in a Sentence

  1. Shane Beamer:

    He made some changes at the line of scrimmage, saw some 1-on-1 coverage and being able to take advantage of it. The thing with him, he’s just so poised and confident, calm, poised and cool at all times. He has everything under control. He continues to get better. The fact of the matter is he was a graduate assistant less than a month ago, and he has started and won two college football games.

  2. Ron Rivera:

    What Mike's done is put the decision making process on Cam, he gives him a whole array of plays that once he gets to the line of scrimmage he can pull from.

  3. Kent Johnson:

    When we were playing a little scrimmage, I was like,' Wow, this is really fun hockey to play,'.

  4. Erin Bromage:

    Soccer, not with a scrimmage -- you don't want to be bring people close together, but kicking a ball on the ground from one side of the yard to the other, there's not really an issue with that.

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