grab·​ble ˈgra-bəl How to pronounce grabble (audio)
grabbled; grabbling ˈgra-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce grabble (audio)

intransitive verb

: to search with the hand : grope
: to lie or fall prone : sprawl
grabbler noun

Examples of grabble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In places were grabbling sticks and the like aren’t allowed, noodlers get the extra reach by way of their feet. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 15 June 2023

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Word History


Dutch grabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grabben

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grabble was circa 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Grabble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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