[grab-uh l]

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

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

Word Origin for grabble

C16: probably from Dutch grabbelen, from grabben to grab
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