Grabbling
Grabble Grab"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Grabbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Grabbling}.] [Freq. of grab; cf. D. grabbelen.] 1. To grope; to feel with the hands. [1913 Webster]

He puts his hands into his pockets, and keeps a grabbling and fumbling. --Selden. [1913 Webster]

2. To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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