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scrabble

verb scrab·ble \ ˈskra-bəl \

Definition of scrabble

scrabbled; scrabbling play \ˈskra-b(ə-)liŋ\
2 : to scratch, claw, or grope about clumsily or frantically
3 a : scramble, clamber
b : to struggle by or as if by scraping or scratching
  • scrabble for survival

scrabbler

play \ˈskra-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of scrabble in a Sentence

  1. She scrabbled around in her handbag for a pen.

  2. He scrabbled at the slippery rock.

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Origin and Etymology of scrabble

Dutch schrabbelen to scratch


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scrabble

noun

Definition of scrabble

1 : scramble
2 : scribble
3 : a repeated scratching or clawing

Examples of scrabble in a Sentence

  1. it'll be a long scrabble to pull ourselves out of poverty

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First Known Use of scrabble

1794

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SCRABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of scrabble for English Language Learners

  • : to move the hands or feet in an awkward and hurried way in order to find or do something



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