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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To feel around with the hands; grope.
  • intransitive verb To fall down; sprawl.
  • intransitive verb To catch a fish or try to catch a fish by hand; noodle.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Probably from Dutch grabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grabben, to grab; see grab.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

grab +‎ -le

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