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Friday, March 07, 2003

Definitions for scrabble

  1. To scrape or scratch with the hands or feet.
  2. To struggle by or as if by scraping or scratching.
  3. To proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble.

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Citations for scrabble
Mice kept me awake by scrabbling in the uncovered garbage can. Edith Anderson, Love in Exile
Rather frantically I scrabble for the recollection of what exactly it does give me. Robert McLiam Wilson, Ripley Bogle
Origin of scrabble
Scrabble derives from Dutch schrabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of schrabben, "to scrape; to scratch."