Skirmish Skir"mish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Skirmished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skirmishing}.] [OE. skirmishen, scarmishen, OF. escremir, eskermir, to fence, fight, F. escrimer, of German origin; cf. OHG. scirmen to protect, defend, G. schirmen, OHG. scirm, scerm, protection, shield, G. schirm; perhaps akin to Gr. ???? a sunshade. Cf. {Scaramouch}, {Scrimmage}.] To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers. [1913 Webster]

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