Definition of skiamachy in US English:

skiamachy

(also sciamachy)

noun

  • A sham fight or argument; conflict or argument with an imaginary or insubstantial opponent; shadow-boxing.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From (i) post-classical Latin sciamachia.

Pronunciation

skiamachy

/skʌɪˈaməki/