- 1[singular] a difficult walk or climb over rough ground, especially one in which you have to use your hands A scramble over the rocks takes you to the most perfect of beaches. push/fight
- 2[singular] scramble (for something) a situation in which people push, fight or compete with each other in order to get or do something synonym free-for-all There was a mad scramble for the best seats. When the manager retired, there was a scramble for his job. motorcycle race
- 3[countable] a race for motorcycles over rough ground Word Origin late 16th cent.: imitative; compare with the dialect words scamble ‘stumble’ and cramble ‘crawl’.Extra examples There was a mad scramble for the exits. an undignified scramble down the slope It was a stiff two-hour walk, followed by a difficult scramble over slimy rock faces.