transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
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 capulāre, *cappulāre )
(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).