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scrabble

verb scrab·ble \ ˈskra-bəl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of scrabble

scrabbled; scrabbling play \ˈskra-b(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
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
transitive verb
1 : scramble
2 : scribble

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

scrabble Synonyms

Synonyms
clamber, climb, scramble, swarm
Related Words
shimmy, shin, shinny, skin; ascend, breast [chiefly British], free-climb, get up, mount, scale, summit, surmount; claw, sprawl, struggle

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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

Recent Examples of scrabble from the Web

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First Known Use of scrabble

1794


SCRABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

scrabble

verb

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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