Scamble
Scamble Scam"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Scambled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scambling}.] [Cf. OD. schampelen to deviate, to slip, schampen to go away, escape, slip, and E. scamper, shamble.] 1. To move awkwardly; to be shuffling, irregular, or unsteady; to sprawl; to shamble. ``Some scambling shifts.'' --Dr. H. More. ``A fine old hall, but a scambling house.'' --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

2. To move about pushing and jostling; to be rude and turbulent; to scramble. ``The scambling and unquiet time did push it out of . . . question.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Scamble — Scam ble, v. t. To mangle. [Obs.] Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scamble — v. shove and push; be rude and cause disturbance; scramble; move clumsily, move in an awkward manner; shamble; be shuffling; be unsteady; spread out, sprawl; mangle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scamble — scam·ble …   English syllables

  • scamble — /ˈskæmbəl/ (say skambuhl) verb (i) (scambled, scambling) 1. British to struggle with others for money, food, etc., lying on the ground or thrown to the crowd. 2. to wrestle with someone in an indecorous fashion. {origin unknown; ? related to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • scamble — I. ˈskambəl verb (scambled ; scambled ; scambling b(ə)liŋ ; scambles) Etymology: origin unknown intransitive verb 1. obsolete : to struggle with others for largess thrown to a crowd; …   Useful english dictionary

  • Skimble-scamble — Skim ble scam ble, a. [A reduplication of scamble.] Rambling; disorderly; unconnected. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Such a deal of skimble scamble stuff. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skimble-scamble — /skim beuhl skam beuhl; skim euhl skam euhl/, adj. rambling; confused; nonsensical: a skimble scamble explanation. Also, skimble skamble. [1590 1600; gradational redupl. of dial. scamble to struggle, trample] * * * …   Universalium

  • skimble-scamble — /skim beuhl skam beuhl; skim euhl skam euhl/, adj. rambling; confused; nonsensical: a skimble scamble explanation. Also, skimble skamble. [1590 1600; gradational redupl. of dial. scamble to struggle, trample] …   Useful english dictionary

  • skimble-scamble — [skim′bəl skam΄bəl, skim′əl skam΄əl] adj. rambling, incoherent, nonsensical, etc …   English World dictionary

  • scimble-scamble — obs. f. skimble skamble …   Useful english dictionary

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