Origin of scabbleearlier scapple ; from Middle English scaplen, aphetic ; from Old French escapeler, to dress timber ; from es- (; from Classical Latin ex), intensive + chapler, to cut ; from Germanic an unverified form kappan, to split
transitive verbscab·bled, scab·bling, scab·bles
Origin of scabbleMiddle English scaplen, from Old North French escapler, to dress timber : es-, off (from Latin ex-; see ex–) + capler, to cut (from Vulgar Latin *capulare, *cappulare).
(third-person singular simple present scabbles, present participle scabbling, simple past and past participle scabbled)
- To roughly dress stone.
From Middle English scaplen, from Old French escapler (“to dress timber"), from es- (“off") (from Latin ex-) + capler (“to cut") (from Vulgar Latin *capulre, *cappulre).