skirmish

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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 ?
A thin line of skirmishers, the men deployed at six paces or so apart, now pushes from the wood into the open.
The skirmishers, without orders, against orders, are going forward at a keen run, like hounds unleashed.
The investigator will encounter nothing less than a line of battle; there is no need of pickets, videttes, skirmishers, to give warning of our approach; our attacking lines will be visible, conspicuous, exposed to an artillery fire that will shave the ground the moment they break from cover, and for half the distance to a sheet of rifle bullets in which nothing can live.
Spread over the grass and in among the tree trunks, he could see knots and waving lines of skirmishers who were running hither and thither and firing at the landscape.
The brigade was formed in line of battle, and after a pause started slowly through the woods in the rear of the receding skirmishers, who were con- tinually melting into the scene to appear again farther on.
Directly the youth would see the skirmishers running.
In the first faint gray of the morning, when the swarming advance had paused to resume something of definition as a line of battle, and skirmishers had been thrown forward, word was passed along to call the roll.
There was no one now between the squadron and the enemy except a few scattered skirmishers. An empty space of some seven hundred yards was all that separated them.
"Yes, skirmishers; that is to say, highway robbers."
Just about dawn we were awakened by Infadoos, who came to say that great activity was to be observed in Loo, and that parties of the king's skirmishers were driving in our outposts.
There were about twenty warriors moving forward in a thin line, as our infantry advance as skirmishers. Bradley could not but notice the marked difference between this formation and the moblike methods of the lower tribes he had come in contact with, and he commented upon it to Co-Tan.
The beating of drums, the blowing of horns and trumpets, the shouting of men, and tramping of horses, echoed and re--echoed through the streets from the earliest dawn of day; and an occasional fight between the light skirmishers of either party at once enlivened the preparations, and agreeably diversified their character.