To work or dress (stone) roughly, preliminary to fine tooling.
To dress or shape (stone) roughly, as with a hammer or pick.
Origin of scabble
- Middle English scaplen from Old North French escapler to dress timber es- off (from Latin ex- ex–) capler to cut (from Vulgar Latin capulāre, *cappulāre)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).