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skir·mish

 (skûr′mĭsh)
n.
1. A minor battle in war, as one between small forces or between large forces avoiding direct conflict.
2. A minor or preliminary conflict or dispute: a skirmish over the rules before the debate began.
intr.v. skir·mished, skir·mish·ing, skir·mish·es
To engage in a minor battle or dispute.

[Middle English skirmisshe, alteration (influenced by Middle English skirmisshen, to brandish a weapon) of skarmush, from Old French eskarmouch, from Old Italian scaramuccia, of Germanic origin; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

skir′mish·er n.

skirmish

(ˈskɜːmɪʃ)
n
1. (Military) a minor short-lived military engagement
2. any brisk clash or encounter, usually of a minor nature
vb
(often foll by: with) to engage in a skirmish
[C14: from Old French eskirmir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skirmen to defend]
ˈskirmisher n

skir•mish

(ˈskɜr mɪʃ)

n.
1. a fight between small bodies of troops.
2. any brisk conflict or encounter.
v.i.
3. to engage in a skirmish.
[1300–50 < Old French eskirmiss-, s. of eskirmir < Frankish; compare Old High German skirman to defend]
skir′mish•er, n.

skirmish


Past participle: skirmished
Gerund: skirmishing

Imperative
skirmish
skirmish
Present
I skirmish
you skirmish
he/she/it skirmishes
we skirmish
you skirmish
they skirmish
Preterite
I skirmished
you skirmished
he/she/it skirmished
we skirmished
you skirmished
they skirmished
Present Continuous
I am skirmishing
you are skirmishing
he/she/it is skirmishing
we are skirmishing
you are skirmishing
they are skirmishing
Present Perfect
I have skirmished
you have skirmished
he/she/it has skirmished
we have skirmished
you have skirmished
they have skirmished
Past Continuous
I was skirmishing
you were skirmishing
he/she/it was skirmishing
we were skirmishing
you were skirmishing
they were skirmishing
Past Perfect
I had skirmished
you had skirmished
he/she/it had skirmished
we had skirmished
you had skirmished
they had skirmished
Future
I will skirmish
you will skirmish
he/she/it will skirmish
we will skirmish
you will skirmish
they will skirmish
Future Perfect
I will have skirmished
you will have skirmished
he/she/it will have skirmished
we will have skirmished
you will have skirmished
they will have skirmished
Future Continuous
I will be skirmishing
you will be skirmishing
he/she/it will be skirmishing
we will be skirmishing
you will be skirmishing
they will be skirmishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been skirmishing
you have been skirmishing
he/she/it has been skirmishing
we have been skirmishing
you have been skirmishing
they have been skirmishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been skirmishing
you will have been skirmishing
he/she/it will have been skirmishing
we will have been skirmishing
you will have been skirmishing
they will have been skirmishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been skirmishing
you had been skirmishing
he/she/it had been skirmishing
we had been skirmishing
you had been skirmishing
they had been skirmishing
Conditional
I would skirmish
you would skirmish
he/she/it would skirmish
we would skirmish
you would skirmish
they would skirmish
Past Conditional
I would have skirmished
you would have skirmished
he/she/it would have skirmished
we would have skirmished
you would have skirmished
they would have skirmished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skirmish - a minor short-term fightskirmish - a minor short-term fight    
contretemps - an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
Verb1.skirmish - engage in a skirmish
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

skirmish

noun
1. fight, battle, conflict, incident, clash, contest, set-to (informal), encounter, brush, combat, scrap (informal), engagement, spat, tussle, fracas, affray (Law), dust-up (informal), scrimmage Border skirmishes are common.
2. argument, fight, row, clash, dispute, falling out (informal), disagreement, feud, quarrel, barney (informal), squabble, wrangle, bickering, difference of opinion, altercation, turf war (informal) This difference has led to several political skirmishes.
verb
1. fight, clash, come to blows, scrap (informal), collide, grapple, wrangle, tussle, lock horns, cross swords Police skirmished with youths on a council estate last Friday.

skirmish

noun
A brief, hostile exposure to or contact with something such as danger or opposition:
Translations
kahakkakahakoidanahistellasuukopuvälikohtaus
小競り合い
skärmytsling

skirmish

[ˈskɜːmɪʃ]
A. Nescaramuza f, refriega f (fig) → roce m
to have a skirmish with (fig) → tener un roce con
B. VIpelear

skirmish

[ˈskɜːrmɪʃ]
n
(= minor battle) → escarmouche f, accrochage m
(= argument) → escarmouche f
viavoir un accrochage

skirmish

n (Mil) → Gefecht nt, → Plänkelei f; (= scrap, fig) → Zusammenstoß m
vi (Mil) → kämpfen; (= scrap, also fig) → zusammenstoßen

skirmish

[ˈskɜːmɪʃ] nscaramuccia
References in classic literature ?
While the former surveyed the ruins, both internally and externally, with the curiosity of one whose recollections were reviving at each moment, Chingachgook related to his son, in the language of the Delawares, and with the pride of a conqueror, the brief history of the skirmish which had been fought, in his youth, in that secluded spot.
You may skirmish with Miss Dartle, or try to hide your sympathies in jest from me, but I know better.
This is Cedric's clown, who fought so manful a skirmish with Isaac of York about a question of precedence.
He answered, that which is unexpected, which comes suddenly and unforeseen; and though he answered like a pagan, and one without the knowledge of the true God, yet, as far as sparing our feelings is concerned, he was right; for suppose you are killed in the first engagement or skirmish, whether by a cannon ball or blown up by mine, what matters it?
The opinion of Athos was that D'Artagnan had lost his letter in the skirmish.
Then, compelled to quit Rome, he went and got himself obscurely killed in a night skirmish, scarcely noticed in history.
The skirmish fire increased to a long chatter- ing sound.
The good understanding between the two friends was not in the least altered by the morning's skirmish.
IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH AND SPIRITS--FELICITY OF THE TYPEES--THEIR ENJOYMENTS COMPARED WITH THOSE OF MORE ENLIGHTENED COMMUNITIES--COMPARATIVE WICKEDNESS OF CIVILIZED AND UNENLIGHTENED PEOPLE--A SKIRMISH IN THE MOUNTAIN WITH THE WARRIORS OF HAPPAR
He knew that by day his enemy might without doubt throw a few scouts into these ruins and promote a skirmish, but that by night he would take care to abstain from such a risk.
He upbraided the white men for their sordid conduct in passing and repassing through their neighborhood, without giving them a blanket or any other article of goods, merely because they had no furs to barter in exchange, and he alluded, with menaces of vengeance, to the death of the Indian killed by the whites in the skirmish at the falls.
After dinner we sat round the dining-room fire the drawing-room might have been under the Shadow for aught we knew talking with the intimacy of gipsies by the wayside, or of wounded comparing notes after a skirmish.