grabble

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

Definition of grabble

intransitive verb

1 : to search with the hand : grope
2 : to lie or fall prone : sprawl

Other Words from grabble

grabbler \ ˈgra-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce grabble (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of grabble

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grabble

Dutch grabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grabben

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The first known use of grabble was circa 1580

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“Grabble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grabble. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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