how to pronounce skirmish


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the above transcription of skirmish is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

skirmish is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of skirmish in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… civil war was just a skirmish and …”

meanings of skirmish


  1. A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
  2. A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.
  3. Any minor dispute.


  1. To engage in a minor battle or dispute.

skirmish frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word skirmish occurs in english on average 0.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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