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adjective, scrab·bli·er, scrab·bli·est.
  1. insignificantly small or sparse: scrabbly tufts of grass sprouting from the parched lawn.
  2. scratchy; raspy.
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Origin of scrabbly

First recorded in 1940–45; scrabble + -y1
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Examples from the Web for scrabbly

Historical Examples

  • I wrote you a scrabbly note from Ravenna a few days since—but I must follow it up, without delay, with something better.

    The Letters of Henry James (volume I)

    Henry James