intransitive verbgrab·bled, grab·bling, grab·bles
- To feel around with the hands; grope.
- To fall down; sprawl.
- To catch a fish or try to catch a fish by hand; noodle.
Origin of grabbleProbably from Dutch grabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grabben, to grab; see grab1.
(third-person singular simple present grabbles, present participle grabbling, simple past and past participle grabbled)
- To search with one's hands and fingers; to grope.
- A few hollow groans from the wardrobe, he thought, would be more than sufficient, or, if that failed to wake her, he might grabble at the counterpane with palsy-twitching fingers. - 1887, The Canterville Ghost/Chapter III by Oscar Wilde
- He puts his hands into his pockets, and keeps a-grabbling and fumbling. — Selden.
- To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel.