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scrabble

[skrab-uh l] /ˈskræb əl/
verb (used with object), scrabbled, scrabbling.
1.
to scratch or scrape, as with the claws or hands.
2.
to grapple or struggle with or as if with the claws or hands.
3.
to scrawl; scribble.
verb (used without object), scrabbled, scrabbling.
4.
to scratch or dig frantically with the hands; claw (often followed by at):
scrabbling at a locked door to escape the flames.
5.
to jostle or struggle for possession of something; grab or collect something in a disorderly way; scramble.
noun
6.
a scratching or scraping, as with the claws or hands.
7.
a scrawled or scribbled writing.
8.
a disorderly struggle for possession of something; scramble:
After the fumble, there was a scrabble for the football.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Dutch schrabbelen to scratch, frequentative of schrabben to scrape
Related forms
scrabbler, noun
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Examples from the web for scrabbling
  • Instead, they find themselves scrabbling to survive, at a deeply unprofitable end of the business.
  • His playing isn't prone to feedback or scrabbling, and he has little interest in being the loudest member of the band.
  • Occasionally a high-pitched squeal is heard amid bumps and the sound of scrabbling toenails.
British Dictionary definitions for scrabbling

scrabble

/ˈskræbəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by about or at) to scrape (at) or grope (for), as with hands or claws
2.
to struggle (with)
3.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to struggle to gain possession, esp in a disorderly manner
4.
to scribble
noun
5.
the act or an instance of scrabbling
6.
a scribble
7.
a disorderly struggle
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch shrabbelen, frequentative of shrabben to scrape

Scrabble

/ˈskræbəl/
noun
1.
trademark a board game in which words are formed by placing lettered tiles in a pattern similar to a crossword puzzle
Derived Forms
Scrabbler, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrabbling

scrabble

v.

1530s, "to scrawl, scribble," from Dutch schrabbelen, frequentative of schrabben "to scratch," from the same root as scrape (v.). Meaning "to struggle, scramble" first recorded 1630s. Related: Scrabbled; scrabbling.

Scrabble

n.

board game, 1949, proprietary name (registered U.S.), probably from scribble-scrabble "hasty writing" (1580s), a reduplication of scribble (n.).

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