Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To scrape or grope about frenetically with the hands.
  • intransitive v. To struggle by or as if by scraping or groping.
  • intransitive v. To climb with scrambling, disorderly haste; clamber.
  • intransitive v. To make hasty, disordered markings; scribble.
  • transitive v. To make or obtain by scraping together hastily.
  • transitive v. To scribble on or over.
  • n. The act or an instance of scrabbling.
  • n. A scribble; a doodle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws.
  • v. To move something about by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws.
  • v. To scribble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of scrabbling; a moving upon the hands and knees; a scramble; also, a scribble.
  • intransitive v. To scrape, paw, or scratch with the hands; to proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble.
  • intransitive v. To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; to scribble; to scrawl.
  • transitive v. To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scrape, scratch, or paw with the hands; move along on the hands and knees; crawl; scramble: as, to scrabble up a cliff or a tree.
  • To scramble or struggle to catch something.
  • To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; scrawl; scribble.
  • To scrape or gather hastily: with up, together, or the like.
  • n. A moving on the hands and knees; a scramble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an aimless drawing
  • n. a board game in which words are formed from letters in patterns similar to a crossword puzzle; each letter has a value and those values are used to score the game
  • v. feel searchingly
  • v. write down quickly without much attention to detail

Etymologies

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

Dutch schrabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of schrabben, to scrape.

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  • I've been tagging capital letters with the points they're worth and the number of times they occur in the set of Scrabble tiles (for English), but I'm wondering whether there's a more useful way to categorize them here on Wordnik. Has someone figured it out already? I've seen a couple of lists of two-letter words (and even banned words). Any suggestions?

    January 3, 2010

  • See lexulous.com for an online scrabble-type game. It used to be named Scrabulous and was available on Facebook (it was removed after Hasbro brought suit--later dropped--against the creators.)

    March 15, 2009

  • A sentence constructed with the 100 letter-tiles of Scrabble:

    COUNTRYMEN, I AM TO BURY, NOT EULOGIZE, CAESAR; IF EVIL LIVES ON, BEQUEATHING INJURY, GOOD OFT EXPIRES: A PALSIED, AWKWARD DEATH!

    From futilitycloset.com

    March 14, 2009

  • Using all 100 tiles of a Scrabble set (and designating the blanks as particular letters), create a list of words so that the list is as short as possible.

    FIBS

    JOKERS

    WOWING

    UNEXpOSED

    VIVIPERFUSION

    ZOOGEOGRAPHICaLLY

    QUADRATOMANDIBULAR

    ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETATE

    From LOGOLOG.

    June 2, 2008

  • Let me count the ways...

    March 4, 2008

  • Gawd, mollusque, how do you remember that?!

    March 4, 2008

  • Mine was paraquat. The q was on the board and I hit a triple-triple through it.

    February 1, 2008

  • But I bet she survived!

    groan

    A couple that spring to mind are jungly and anaerobe.

    February 1, 2008

  • I once played tequila.

    February 1, 2008

  • My best scrabble word was vixenish. Post your best (i.e. those you're most proud of) scrabble words here.

    November 30, 2007