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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jono Miller:

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

  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.

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