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scrab·ble

 (skrăb′əl)
v. scrab·bled, scrab·bling, scrab·bles
v.intr.
1. To scrape or grope about frenetically with the hands or paws: "They often scrabbled through kitchen drawers looking for coins to buy bread" (Steve Friedman).
2. To move or climb with scrambling, disorderly haste: scrabbled down the rocks to the water.
3. To struggle or work hard in a disorderly or desperate fashion: "For quite some time I scrabbled around, playing the piano at jazz bars, doing whatever ... journalism I could get" (Frank Conroy).
4. To write hastily or make disordered markings; scribble.
v.tr.
1. To make or obtain by frenetic or desperate action: scrabble a living from soil depleted of nutrients.
2.
a. To scrape or scratch (a surface): "Tubal got him a pointed rod / And scrabbled the earth for corn" (Rudyard Kipling).
b. To move or arrange hastily with the hands: "The next flat tombstone was covered with leaves. I scrabbled the dust away" (Ray Bradbury).
3. To scribble or write down hastily: scrabbled the answer on a sheet of paper.
n.
1. The act or an instance of scrabbling.
2. A scribble; a doodle.

[Dutch schrabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of schrabben, to scrape; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

scrab′bler n.
scrab′bly adj.

scrabble

(ˈskræbəl)
vb
1. (intr; often foll by about or at) to scrape (at) or grope (for), as with hands or claws
2. to struggle (with)
3. (often foll by: for) to struggle to gain possession, esp in a disorderly manner
4. to scribble
n
5. the act or an instance of scrabbling
6. a scribble
7. a disorderly struggle
[C16: from Middle Dutch shrabbelen, frequentative of shrabben to scrape]

Scrabble

(ˈskræbəl)
n
(Games, other than specified) trademark a board game in which words are formed by placing lettered tiles in a pattern similar to a crossword puzzle
ˈScrabbler n

scrab•ble

(ˈskræb əl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to scratch or dig frantically with the hands or claws.
2. to struggle in a disorderly way; scramble.
v.t.
3. to scratch or scrape, as with the claws or hands.
4. to gather hastily; scrape together.
5. to scrawl; scribble.
n.
6. a scratching or scraping, as with the claws or hands.
7. a scrawled or scribbled writing.
8. a disorderly struggle for possession of something; scramble.
[1530–40; < Dutch schrabbelen to scratch, frequentative of schrabben to scrape]
scrab′bler, n.

scrabble


Past participle: scrabbled
Gerund: scrabbling

Imperative
scrabble
scrabble
Present
I scrabble
you scrabble
he/she/it scrabbles
we scrabble
you scrabble
they scrabble
Preterite
I scrabbled
you scrabbled
he/she/it scrabbled
we scrabbled
you scrabbled
they scrabbled
Present Continuous
I am scrabbling
you are scrabbling
he/she/it is scrabbling
we are scrabbling
you are scrabbling
they are scrabbling
Present Perfect
I have scrabbled
you have scrabbled
he/she/it has scrabbled
we have scrabbled
you have scrabbled
they have scrabbled
Past Continuous
I was scrabbling
you were scrabbling
he/she/it was scrabbling
we were scrabbling
you were scrabbling
they were scrabbling
Past Perfect
I had scrabbled
you had scrabbled
he/she/it had scrabbled
we had scrabbled
you had scrabbled
they had scrabbled
Future
I will scrabble
you will scrabble
he/she/it will scrabble
we will scrabble
you will scrabble
they will scrabble
Future Perfect
I will have scrabbled
you will have scrabbled
he/she/it will have scrabbled
we will have scrabbled
you will have scrabbled
they will have scrabbled
Future Continuous
I will be scrabbling
you will be scrabbling
he/she/it will be scrabbling
we will be scrabbling
you will be scrabbling
they will be scrabbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scrabbling
you have been scrabbling
he/she/it has been scrabbling
we have been scrabbling
you have been scrabbling
they have been scrabbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scrabbling
you will have been scrabbling
he/she/it will have been scrabbling
we will have been scrabbling
you will have been scrabbling
they will have been scrabbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scrabbling
you had been scrabbling
he/she/it had been scrabbling
we had been scrabbling
you had been scrabbling
they had been scrabbling
Conditional
I would scrabble
you would scrabble
he/she/it would scrabble
we would scrabble
you would scrabble
they would scrabble
Past Conditional
I would have scrabbled
you would have scrabbled
he/she/it would have scrabbled
we would have scrabbled
you would have scrabbled
they would have scrabbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scrabble - an aimless drawingscrabble - an aimless drawing      
drawing - a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines; "drawings of abstract forms"; "he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures"
2.scrabble - a board game in which words are formed from letters in patterns similar to a crossword puzzleScrabble - a board game in which words are formed from letters in patterns similar to a crossword puzzle; each letter has a value and those values are used to score the game
word game - any game involving the formation or alteration or discovery of words
board game - a game played on a specially designed board
trademark - a formally registered symbol identifying the manufacturer or distributor of a product
Verb1.scrabble - feel searchingly; "She groped for his keys in the dark"
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
2.scrabble - write down quickly without much attention to detailscrabble - write down quickly without much attention to detail
write - communicate or express by writing; "Please write to me every week"

scrabble

verb
1. scrape, scratch, scramble, dig, claw, paw, grope, clamber I hung there, scrabbling with my feet to find a foothold.
2. strive, rush, hasten, run, push, contend, vie, jostle, jockey for position, make haste The banks are now desperately scrabbling to recover their costs.
Translations
لُعْبَة بِناء الكَلِماتيُخَرْبِش، يَبْحَثُ مُسْمِعا أصوات
hrabatšátrat
rode
négykézláb keres
klóra, krafsaskrafl
brazdėtikrebždėtižodžių loto
rakņātiesvārdu/burtu loto
yoklamak

scrabble

[ˈskræbl]
A. VI to scrabble about or around for sthrevolver todo buscando algo
she was scrabbling about in the coalandaba rebuscando por entre el carbón
B. N Scrabble® (game) → Scrabble ® m

Scrabble®

[ˈskræbəl] nScrabble® m
to play Scrabble → jouer au Scrabble

scrabble

[ˈskræbəl]
vi
(= scratch) → gratter
to scrabble for grip [person] → s'efforcer de trouver une prise; [tyres, car, bike] → déraper, être en manque d'adhérence
(= grope) → fourrager
to scrabble for sth → fourrager partout pour trouver qch
to scrabble through [+ room, bag, drawer] → fourrager dans
to scrabble at sth (= search through) [+ ground, rubble] → fouiller dans qch
(= struggle) to scrabble to do sth → s'escrimer à faire qch
to scrabble for sth
His mind scrabbled for alternatives → Il se creusait la tête pour trouver d'autres solutions.
scrabble about
scrabble around vi (= grope) → fourrager
She scrabbled around in her backpack → Elle fourragea dans son sac à dos.
to scrabble about for sth, to scrabble around for sth → chercher qch à tâtons

scrabble

vi (also scrabble about (Brit) or around)(herum)tasten; (among movable objects) → (herum)wühlen; the hens scrabbled (around) in the earthdie Hühner wühlten im Boden herum; his mind scrabbled for alternativeser suchte in seinem Hirn nach Alternativen
n Scrabble®Scrabble® nt

Scrabble

® [ˈskræbl] nScarabeo ®

scrabble

[ˈskræbl]
1. vi (claw) to scrabble (at)raspare, grattare
to scrabble about or around for sth → cercare a tastoni qc

Scrabble®

(ˈskrӕbl) noun
a kind of word-building game.

scrabble

(ˈskrӕbl) verb
(usually with about or around) to make scratching noises or movements. He was scrabbling about looking for the money he had dropped.
References in classic literature ?
I must just scrabble my room to rights, for Phebe has got a great deal to do.
So Meg went away to `accept with thanks', look over her dress, and sing blithely as she did up her one real lace frill, while Jo finished her story, her four apples, and had a game of romps with Scrabble.
The short, fat cyclist stared blankly for a moment, then with a helpful cry began to scrabble in the road-grit.
OBSCURE triple-word scores and premium squares - the game of scrabble has kept this group busy for years.
Dubai When 13-year-old Dylan D'Souza of Dubai says Scrabble is a lot of fun, you'd better take him seriously.
RESIDENTS at Willow Grange Care Home in Olton tested their word power when they took part in a giant Scrabble game.
A national tabloid newspaper is incensed that the official Scrabble dictionary allows players to use offensive ethnic terms, including the "N" word.
Oman hosted the 20th Gulf Scrabble Tournament for the first time earlier this week.
The game is a limited edition and will not replace the original Scrabble in the U.
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-20 March 2009-EA announces availability of SCRABBLE for handheld gaming devices(C)1994-2009 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.
According to a report published in the on-line version of the Chicago Tribune, the online game Scrabulous has been blocked for US and Canadian surfers at the request of the game's owners after Hasbro, the US rights-holder for the game of Scrabble, launched a legal action against the brothers who created the Scrabulous game.