[ grab-uh l ]
/ ˈgræb əl /

verb (used without object), grab·bled, grab·bling.

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

Origin of grabble

1570–80; grab1 + -le; compare Dutch grabbelen

Related forms

grab·bler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grabble


/ (ˈɡræbəl) /


(intr) to scratch or feel about with the hands
(intr) to fall to the ground; sprawl
(tr) Caribbean to seize rashly

Derived Forms

grabbler, noun

Word Origin for grabble

C16: probably from Dutch grabbelen, from grabben to grab
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