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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Definitions for grabble

  1. to feel or search with the hands; grope.
  2. to sprawl; scramble.

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Citations for grabble
He grabbled deep in his pocket until he found a piece of about the size, looked if it was gold, and handed it over to Little Sarah. Samuel Rutherford Crockett, Sweethearts at Home, 1911
She grabbled with her hands and he dug with the spade/ Where the leaves let down the dark and shade… Robert Penn Warren, "The Ballad of Billie Potts," 1943
Origin of grabble
1570-1580
Grabble is related to the Dutch word grabben meaning "grab." It entered English approximately a decade before the shorter grab, around 1580.