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skif•fle1  (skifəl),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -fled, -fling. 
  1. knob (def. 7).
  • perh. akin to scabble

skif•fle2  (skifəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Music and Dancea jazz style of the 1920s deriving from blues, ragtime, and folk music, played by bands made up of both standard and improvised instruments.
  2. Music and Dancea 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, originally uncertain 1920–25


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skiffle /ˈskɪfəl/ n
  1. a style of popular music of the 1950s, played chiefly on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
Etymology: 20th Century: of unknown origin



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