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gribble

[grib-uh l] /ˈgrɪb əl/
noun
1.
a small, marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it.
Origin of gribble
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; perhaps akin to grub
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  • “You go ahead and tell it, if you want it told,” said gribble.

  • Jeffrie and gribble were the mine engineers that put her up.

  • gribble junior was not the only one who joined in the applause with spirit.

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  • gribble junior did not think so; he positively glowed with delight.

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  • And she placed her hand on gribble's arm, and gave him the bundle to carry.

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  • gribble junior relished this attention on the part of the public.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "I dare say but then they've got no brains," said gribble junior.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "Take him to the stables and get your dinner, gribble," said he to the trumpeter boy.

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  • "Think of my worry every time you are ill," pursued the indignant Mr. gribble.

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  • "You'd better not go out o' doors to-day, then," said Mr. gribble.

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British Dictionary definitions for gribble

gribble

/ˈɡrɪbəl/
noun
1.
any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria, which bores into and damages wharves and other submerged wooden structures
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to grub
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