Scrabble meaning

skrăbəl
Scrabble is a board game where you use letter tiles to make words, or a struggle to get somewhere or to get something.

A board game where you use letter tiles to make words is an example of Scrabble®.

A desperate struggle to get a promotion is an example of a scrabble.

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To scrabble is to clutch, grope or grab at something, or to try to move along or crawl quickly.

When you are rock climbing and try really hard to get a firm grip on a rock, this is an example of a time when you scrabble.

When an animal digs his claws into something, this is an example of a time when the animal scrabbles.

When an animal crawls along quickly, this is an example of a time when the animal scrabbles.

When you struggle to claw your way up at work and grab a successful promotion, this is an example of a time when you scrabble.

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To write hastily or make disordered markings; scribble.
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To make or obtain by frenetic or desperate action.

Scrabble a living from soil depleted of nutrients.

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A scribble; a doodle.
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To move or climb with scrambling, disorderly haste.

Scrabbled down the rocks to the water.

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To struggle or work hard in a disorderly or desperate fashion.
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To scribble or write down hastily.

Scrabbled the answer on a sheet of paper.

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To scratch, scrape, or paw as though looking for something.
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To struggle.
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To scribble; make meaningless marks.
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To scrape together quickly.
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A scraping with the hands or paws.
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A scramble.
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A scribble; scrawl.
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A struggle.
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A word game played with lettered tiles placed on a board in arrangements like those in a crossword puzzle.
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To scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws.
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(intransitive) To move something about by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws.

She was on her hands and knees scrabbling in the mud, looking for her missing wedding ring.

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To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble on.

To scrabble paper.

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(trademark) A board game in which players draw letter tiles and take turns to make interlocking words like a crossword, scoring points according to the letters played and their positions on the board.
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To scrape or grope about frenetically with the hands or paws.
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The act or an instance of scrabbling.
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Origin of scrabble

  • Dutch schrabbelen from Middle Dutch frequentative of schrabben to scrape sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition