scrabble

[ skrab-uh l ]
/ ˈskræb əl /

verb (used with object), scrab·bled, scrab·bling.

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

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.

noun

Nearby words

Origin of scrabble

1530–40; < Dutch schrabbelen to scratch, frequentative of schrabben to scrape

Related forms

scrab·bler, noun

Definition for scrabble (2 of 2)

Scrabble

[ skrab-uh l ]
/ ˈskræb əl /

Trademark.

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for scrabble (1 of 2)

scrabble

/ (ˈskræbəl) /

verb

(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

noun

Word Origin for scrabble

C16: from Middle Dutch shrabbelen, frequentative of shrabben to scrape

British Dictionary definitions for scrabble (2 of 2)

Scrabble

/ (ˈskræbəl) /

noun

trademark a board game in which words are formed by placing lettered tiles in a pattern similar to a crossword puzzle

Derived Forms

Scrabbler, noun
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