Scrabbling
Scrabble Scrab"ble (skr[a^]b"b'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Scrabbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrabbling}.] [Freq. of scrape. Cf. {Scramble}, {Scrawl}, v. t.] 1. To scrape, paw, or scratch with the hands; to proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble; as, to scrabble up a cliff or a tree. [1913 Webster]

Now after a while Little-faith came to himself, and getting up made shift to scrabble on his way. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

2. To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; to scribble; to scrawl. [1913 Webster]

David . . . scrabbled on the doors of the gate. --1. Sam. xxi. 13. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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