verb (used with object), scrab·bled, scrab·bling.
verb (used without object), scrab·bled, scrab·bling.
Origin of scrabble
Examples from the Web for scrabbled
Drop-shaped jars with spherical bases are typical, and scrabbled patterns of incised lines.
He had earned a diploma by a correspondence course, and had scrabbled together a small practice among retired shopkeepers.The Job|Sinclair Lewis
I tell you, she scrabbled them up pretty quick, and we all helped her.Oldtown Fireside Stories|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Sornal came to the end of the tape, then scrabbled about and found the beginning.Alarm Clock|Everett B. Cole
Bingo, crawling out of his basket, scrabbled up on to the bed; she felt his little loving cold nose against her face.The Vehement Flame|Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
Word Origin for scrabble
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.).