verb (used with object), scrab·bled, scrab·bling.
verb (used without object), scrab·bled, scrab·bling.
Origin of scrabble
Related Words for scrabblingcontend, rush, vie, scurry, jostle, clamber, push, climb, crawl, scribble, inscribe, scratch, dig, rip, poke, slither, drag, wriggle, plod, slide
Examples from the Web for scrabbling
Historical Examples of scrabbling
He swung into his waistcoat and coat, scrabbling at the buttons in the violence of his emotions.The Octopus
All this scrabbling around, searching everywhere for suitable planets.They Also Serve
Donald E. Westlake
He appeared to be scrabbling about the floor, playing with her foot.Furze the Cruel
When he was gone, I found Jim Edwards scrabbling for his hat where it had dropped over behind the desk.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
There was one expanse that was sheer rock-climbing, flattened like bugs against a wall, scrabbling for hand-holds and footholds.The Planet Savers
Marion Zimmer Bradley
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.).