What does skirmish mean?

Definitions for skirmish
ˈskɜr mɪʃskir·mish

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brush, clash, encounter, skirmishverb

    a minor short-term fight

  2. skirmishverb

    engage in a skirmish

Wiktionary

  1. skirmishnoun

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

  2. skirmishnoun

    By extension, any minor dispute.

  3. skirmishnoun

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

  4. skirmishverb

    To engage in a minor battle or dispute

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skirmishverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Skirmishverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Skirmishverb

    a slight contest

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. skirmish

    An engagement of a light and irregular character, generally for the purpose of gaining information or time, or of clearing the way for more serious operations.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. skirmish

    A slight fight in war; a light combat between detachments from armies which are yet at a considerable distance from each other, or between detached and small parties.

  2. skirmish

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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of skirmish in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Chan:

    In general terms, we have a trade skirmish not a trade war, longer term, we believe these trade issues will be resolved but on a day-to-day basis they lead to some consternation from investors.

  2. Liu Shyh-fang:

    This is the skirmish before the presidential battle, we have not had any chance to beat the KMT (in Taipei). Now it will be a little victory if Dr Ko can win.

  3. Korean War veteran Quehl:

    We were often under attack by (fighter jets) trying to shoot us down and we saw a lot of our friends get killed, a lot of people thought Korea was just a mild skirmish, but it really was a war that killed a lot of people.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    If I were one of our Sunni Arab allies watching this, I'd be encouraged that America was back in the business of being more assertive, less passive. That does not mean you are going to send in the troops every time there is a skirmish somewhere, but I thought it was very reassuring.

  5. Jono Miller:

    We’re viewing this as the opening skirmish in a broader campaign that Tallahassee is undertaking to completely redefine the state parks.

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