skimble skamble

skimble-scamble

[skim-buhl-skam-buhl; skim-uhl-skam-uhl]
adjective
rambling; confused; nonsensical: a skimble-scamble explanation.
Also, skimble-skamble.


Origin:
1590–1600; gradational reduplication of dial. scamble to struggle, trample

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skimble-scamble (ˈskɪmbəlˈskæmbəl)
 
adj
1.  rambling; confused
 
n
2.  meaningless discourse
 
[C16: whimsical formation based on dialect scamble to struggle]

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