noun. a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments.
- popular music
Example sentences of the word skiffle
1. Noun, singular or mass
Sometimes traditional instruments are mixed with unconventional instruments, and these bands are also called skiffle bands - especially when there is no jug.
Autoharps are small enough to hold; in most skiffle bands, the player will hold it across his chest.
3. Verb, base form
Rather than using tiny speakers to blast sound into your ear holes—the way cavemen listened to their ragtime and skiffle music—bone conduction transmits music to you by vibrating the cheekbones in front of your ears.