[skram-buh l]

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

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


Nearby words

  1. scraggly,
  2. scraggy,
  3. scram,
  4. scramasax,
  5. scramb,
  6. scrambled egg,
  7. scrambled eggs,
  8. scrambler,
  9. scramjet,
  10. scran

Origin of scramble

1580–90; blend of dial. scamble to stumble along, and scrabble (in the same sense) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scramble

British Dictionary definitions for scramble



(intr) to climb or crawl, esp by using the hands to aid movement
(intr) to proceed hurriedly or in a disorderly fashion
(intr often foll by for) to compete with others, esp in a disordered mannerto scramble for a prize
(intr foll by through) to deal with hurriedly and unsystematically
(tr) to throw together in a haphazard manner; jumble
(tr) to collect in a hurried or disorganized manner
(tr) to cook (eggs that have been whisked up with milk and seasoning) in a pan containing a little melted butter
military to order (a crew or aircraft) to take off immediately or (of a crew or aircraft) to take off immediately
(tr) to render (speech) unintelligible during transmission by means of an electronic scrambler


the act of scrambling
a climb over rocks that involves the use of the hands but not ropes, etc
a disorderly struggle, esp to gain possession
military an immediate preparation for action, as of crew, aircraft, etc
British a motorcycle rally in which competitors race across rough open ground

Word Origin for scramble

C16: blend of scrabble and ramp

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Word Origin and History for scramble
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