Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scramble”

scramble

noun (CLIMBING)    /ˈskræm.bl̩/
[S] a climb that is difficult so that you have to use your hands to help you: It was a real scramble to the top of the hillside.Moving quicklyMoving upwardsMoving on your hands and legs or on your stomach [S] an act of hurrying: [+ to infinitive] As soon as the plane landed there was a mad/wild scramble to get out.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active
(Definition of scramble noun (CLIMBING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of scramble

Definitions of “scramble” in other dictionaries

Translations of “scramble”

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More