Definition of scrabble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scrabble

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskræbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræbl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrabble
BrE BrE//ˈskræbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræbl//
 
he / she / it scrabbles
BrE BrE//ˈskræblz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræblz//
 
past simple scrabbled
BrE BrE//ˈskræbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræbld//
 
past participle scrabbled
BrE BrE//ˈskræbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræbld//
 
-ing form scrabbling
BrE BrE//ˈskræblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræblɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] scrabble (around/about) (for something) | + adv./prep. (especially British English) to try to find or to do something in a hurry or with difficulty, often by moving your hands or feet about quickly, without much control She scrabbled around in her bag for her glasses. He was scrabbling for a foothold on the steep slope. a sound like rats scrabbling on the other side of the wall In his panic, he began scrabbling at the lock. The kids scrabbled up the slope. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘make marks at random, scrawl’): from Middle Dutch schrabbelen, frequentative of schrabben ‘to scrape’.
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