Word of the DayWednesday, May 14, 2014
\GRAB-uhl\ , verb;
to feel or search with the hands; grope.
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
Grabble is related to the Dutch word grabben meaning "grab." It entered English approximately a decade before the shorter grab, around 1580.
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