- to scratch or scrape, as with the claws or hands.
- to grapple or struggle with or as if with the claws or hands.
- to scrawl; scribble.
- to scratch or dig frantically with the hands; claw (often followed by at): scrabbling at a locked door to escape the flames.
- to jostle or struggle for possession of something; grab or collect something in a disorderly way; scramble.
- a scratching or scraping, as with the claws or hands.
- a scrawled or scribbled writing.
- a disorderly struggle for possession of something; scramble: After the fumble, there was a scrabble for the football.
Origin of scrabble
- a brand name for a game combining anagrams and crosswords in which two to four players use counters of various point values to form words on a playing board.
Related Words for scrabbleskirmish, scuffle, contend, rush, vie, scurry, jostle, clamber, push, climb, crawl, scribble, inscribe, scratch, dig, rip, poke, slither, drag, wriggle
Examples from the Web for scrabble
Contemporary Examples of scrabble
Note: Unusual words that are playable in Scrabble appear in this article in boldface.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
The book came out 30 years ago, and the film was an even bigger flop than that after-school Scrabble club you tried to start.Beseech Your Children Well With Plot-Spoilers
March 27, 2014
The best Scrabble game I could come up with would be me, Jon Hamm, and Dane DeHaan.Daniel Radcliffe on ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ Love Scenes, and What’s Next
October 15, 2013
It even threatens such veteran horizontally integrated favorites as Scrabble, solitaire, and the crossword puzzle.Sorry, Folks, Playing Dots Won’t Make You Smarter
June 20, 2013
Some are playing the electronic version of Scrabble, one of the most venerable games around.Barack Obama’s Campaign Scoring Points With Video Gamers
September 28, 2012
Historical Examples of scrabble
The real reckoning of outraged society is not with him, but with Scrabble Alley.Children of the Tenements
Jacob A. Riis
That's the one which the prisoner has to scrabble on the wall.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And what do you scrabble in the air with your fingers for, and cry?Pelle the Conqueror, Complete
Martin Anderson Nexo
Hold on to me tight, Pilarica, for Coronela will have to scrabble here.In Sunny Spain with Pilarica and Rafael
Katharine Lee Bates
It fell in the brook, and before I could scrabble down he was off.Jo's Boys
Louisa May Alcott
- (intr; often foll by about or at) to scrape (at) or grope (for), as with hands or claws
- to struggle (with)
- (intr often foll by for) to struggle to gain possession, esp in a disorderly manner
- to scribble
- the act or an instance of scrabbling
- a scribble
- a disorderly struggle
Word Origin for scrabble
- trademark a board game in which words are formed by placing lettered tiles in a pattern similar to a crossword puzzle
1530s, "to scrawl, scribble," from Dutch schrabbelen, frequentative of schrabben "to scratch," from the same root as scrape (v.). Meaning "to struggle, scramble" first recorded 1630s. Related: Scrabbled; scrabbling.
board game, 1949, proprietary name (registered U.S.), probably from scribble-scrabble "hasty writing" (1580s), a reduplication of scribble (n.).