noun a minor short-term fight
encounter; brush; clash.
verb engage in a skirmish
Skir"mish intransitive verb
, OF. escremir
, to fence, fight, F. escrimer
, of German origin; cf. OHG. scirmen
to protect, defend, G. schirmen
, OHG. scirm
, protection, shield, G. schirm
; perhaps akin to Gr. a sunshade. Cf. Scaramouch
imperfect & past participle Skirmished ; present participle & verbal noun Skirmishing
- To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers.
. See Skirmish
, v. i.
- A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops.
- A slight contest.
They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit.
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