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scrab·ble / ˈskrabəl/ • v. [intr.] scratch or grope around with one's fingers to find, collect, or hold on to something: she scrabbled at the grassy slope, desperate for a firm grip. ∎  (of an animal) scratch at something with its claws: a dog was scrabbling at the door. ∎  make great efforts to get somewhere or achieve something: I had to scrabble around to find this apartment. • n. 1. an act of scratching or scrambling for something: he heard the scrabble of claws behind him. ∎  a struggle to get somewhere or achieve something: a scrabble among the salesmen to avoid going to the bottom of the heap. 2. (Scrabble) trademark a board game in which players use lettered tiles to create words in a crossword fashion. DERIVATIVES: scrab·bler n.

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scrabble

scrabble make marks at random, scrawl; scratch about XVI; scramble XVII. — MDu. schrabbelen, frequent. of schrabben scratch, scrape.

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Scrabble

Scrabble trademark name for a game in which players build up words on a board from small lettered squares or tiles.

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scrabble

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