follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

grabble

[grab-uh l] /ˈgræb əl/
verb (used without object), grabbled, grabbling.
1.
to feel or search with the hands; grope.
2.
to sprawl; scramble.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; grab1 + -le; compare Dutch grabbelen
Related forms
grabbler, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for grabble
  • One had a pincher attachment, the other a grabble attachment.
  • The excavator with the pincher attachment was exchanged for a second grabble attachment.
British Dictionary definitions for grabble

grabble

/ˈɡræbəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to scratch or feel about with the hands
2.
(intransitive) to fall to the ground; sprawl
3.
(transitive) (Caribbean) to seize rashly
Derived Forms
grabbler, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Dutch grabbelen, from grabben to grab
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for grabble

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for grabble

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for grabble