intransitive verb (grabbled; grabbling) Etymology: Dutch grabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grabben Date: circa 1580 1. to search with the hand ; grope 2. to lie or fall prone ; sprawlgrabbler noun

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grabble — [grab′əl] vi. grabbled, grabbling [Du grabbelen, freq. of MDu grabben, GRAB] 1. to feel about with the hands; grope 2. to sprawl …   English World dictionary

  • grabble — verb To search with ones hands and fingers. A few hollow groans from the wardrobe, he thought, would be more than sufficient, or, if that failed to wake her, he might grabble at the counterpane with palsy twitching fingers. 1887, by …   Wiktionary

  • grabble — grabbler, n. /grab euhl/, v.i., grabbled, grabbling. 1. to feel or search with the hands; grope. 2. to sprawl; scramble. [1570 80; GRAB1 + LE; cf. D grabbelen] * * * …   Universalium

  • grabble — Synonyms and related words: beat about, bring in, crop, crop herbs, cut, dig, feel, feel around, feel for, fumble, gather, gather in, glean, grope, grope for, harvest, hay, mow, nut, pick, pluck, poke around, pry around, reap, reap and carry,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • grabble — Gullah Words n and v gravel, gravels, graveled, graveling …   English dialects glossary

  • grabble — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To reach about or search blindly or uncertainly: feel, fumble, grope, poke. See SEEK, TOUCH …   English dictionary for students

  • grabble — grab·ble || græbl v. feel; grope; grasp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grabble — gabbler …   Anagrams dictionary

  • grabble — verb archaic feel or search with the hands. Origin C16: prob. from Du. grabbelen scramble for a thing , from MDu. grabben (see grab) …   English new terms dictionary

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