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skiffle1

[skif-uh l] /ˈskɪf əl/
verb (used with object), skiffled, skiffling.
1.
knob (def 7).
Origin
perhaps akin to scabble

skiffle2

[skif-uh l] /ˈskɪf əl/
noun
1.
a jazz style of the 1920s deriving from blues, ragtime, and folk music, played by bands made up of both standard and improvised instruments.
2.
a style of popular music developed in England during the 1950s, deriving from hillbilly music and rock-'n'-roll, and played on a heterogeneous group of instruments, as guitar, washboard, ceramic jug, washtub, and kazoo.
Origin
1920-25; origin uncertain
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  • The goal was to play skiffle, a rudimentary musical genre that fused folk with jazz and blues.
British Dictionary definitions for skiffle

skiffle1

/ˈskɪfəl/
noun
1.
a style of popular music of the 1950s, played chiefly on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

skiffle2

/ˈskɪfəl/
noun
1.
(Ulster, dialect) a drizzle: a skiffle of rain
Word Origin
from Scottish skiff, from skiff to move lightly, probably changed from skift, from Old Norse skiptashift
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Word Origin and History for skiffle
n.

style of U.K. pop music, 1957, from U.S. slang meaning "type of jazz played on improvised instruments" (1926), of unknown origin.

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Encyclopedia Article for skiffle

style of music played on rudimentary instruments, first popularized in the United States in the 1920s but revived by British musicians in the mid-1950s. The term was originally applied to music played by jug bands (in addition to jugs, these bands featured guitars, banjos, harmonicas, and kazoos), first in Louisville, Kentucky, as early as 1905 and then more prominently in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1920s and '30s.

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