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[grab-uh l]
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verb (used without object), grab·bled, grab·bling.
  1. to feel or search with the hands; grope.
  2. to sprawl; scramble.
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Origin of grabble

1570–80; grab1 + -le; compare Dutch grabbelen
Related formsgrab·bler, noun
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  1. (intr) to scratch or feel about with the hands
  2. (intr) to fall to the ground; sprawl
  3. (tr) Caribbean to seize rashly
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Derived Formsgrabbler, noun

Word Origin

C16: probably from Dutch grabbelen, from grabben to grab
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