[ 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.


Nearby words

Origin of scrabble

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

Related forms

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

Examples from the Web for scrabbled

British Dictionary definitions for scrabbled (1 of 2)


/ (ˈskræbəl) /


(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


Word Origin for scrabble

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

British Dictionary definitions for scrabbled (2 of 2)


/ (ˈskræbəl) /


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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