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Jazz, folk, or country music played by performers who use unconventional instruments, such as kazoos, washboards, or jugs, sometimes in combination with conventional instruments.
(Music, other) a style of popular music of the 1950s, played chiefly on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
[C20: of unknown origin]
(Physical Geography) dialect Ulster a drizzle: a skiffle of rain.
[from Scottish skiff, from skiff to move lightly, probably changed from skift, from Old Norse skipta shift]
a jazz or popular music style played by a band of performers using both standard instruments and improvisations, as washboard, ceramic jug, washtub, and kazoo.
[1920–25; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||skiffle - a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments|
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
n → Skiffle m; skiffle group → Skifflegroup f