Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To feel around with the hands; grope.
  • intransitive v. To fall down; sprawl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To search with one's hands and fingers; to grope.
  • v. To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grope; to feel with the hands.
  • intransitive v. To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grope about; feel with the hands; make tentative grasps or clutches.

Etymologies

Probably from Dutch grabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grabben, to grab; see grab1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
grab +‎ -le (Wiktionary)

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