Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scrabble”

scrabble

verb [I + adv/prep] uk   /ˈskræb.l̩/ us  
to use your fingers to quickly find something that you cannot see: He was scrabbling about in the sand searching for the ring. to try to get something quickly that is not easily available: The government is scrabbling around for ways to raise revenue without putting up taxes. informal to climb quickly and without care: Paul scrabbled up the cliff, dislodging several small stones. We were scrabbling over the rocks as fast as we could.
(Definition of scrabble verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of scrabble?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Moving quickly, but you might be interested in these topics from the Moving quickly and slowly topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “scrabble”

Definitions of “scrabble” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More