"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[skrim-ij] /ˈskrɪm ɪdʒ/
a rough or vigorous struggle.
  1. the action that takes place between the teams from the moment the ball is snapped until it is declared dead.
  2. a practice session or informal game, as that played between two units of the same team.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), scrimmaged, scrimmaging.
to engage in a scrimmage.
Origin of scrimmage
1425-75; late Middle English, variant of scrimish, metathetic form of skirmish
Related forms
scrimmager, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for scrimmage
  • Skaters will learn basic hockey fundamentals through practice drills, game situations and scrimmage games.
  • The hockey program is designed to be instructional at the beginner levels with recreational game play at the scrimmage level.
  • One party could emerge from the scrimmage with a decisive victory.
  • Instruments tangle along invisible lines of scrimmage.
  • In geo-football, if you run three plays from scrimmage for no gain, the usual prescription is to punt.
  • Some quarterbacks move teams beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • The practice was secret, but there was no scrimmage.
  • Today, in the team's only scrimmage before preseason games begin, the offense responded.
  • The team will also compete in three scrimmage swim meets here at the community center.
  • We will end the camp by putting together all the skills in a scrimmage format.
British Dictionary definitions for scrimmage


a rough or disorderly struggle
(American football) the clash of opposing linemen at every down
(intransitive) to engage in a scrimmage
(transitive) to put (the ball) into a scrimmage
Derived Forms
scrimmager, noun
Word Origin
C15: from earlier scrimish, variant of skirmish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for scrimmage

sometimes also scrummage, late 15c., alteration of skirmish (n.). Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally "a confused struggle between players."


1825, "quarrel, argue," from scrimmage (n.). Team sports sense is from 1881. Related: Scrimmaged; scrimmaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for scrimmage

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scrimmage

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with scrimmage

Nearby words for scrimmage