Definition of grabble in English:



[no object]archaic
  • 1Feel or search with the hands; grope about.

    • ‘She grabbled the ball off the ground and flung it at his head, causing him to duck.’
    • ‘I nodded, surprised, and wondering why I'd confide in a teacher, then grabbled my backpack and left the classroom.’
    • ‘I managed to tread on another rock, which made me wobble a bit, Danielle quickly grabbling me to stop me plummeting over the side to my death.’
    • ‘They deserve to grabble in the dirt and get nothing for it but a dry gut-rumble.’
    fumble, scrabble, fish, ferret, ferret about, ferret around, rummage, rummage about, rummage around, rummage round, root about, root around, feel, cast about, cast around, cast round, search, hunt, look
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  • 2Sprawl or tumble on all fours.

    fall, fall over, fall down, topple over, lose one's footing, lose one's balance, keel over, pitch over, take a spill, collapse, fall headlong, fall head over heels, fall end over end
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Late 16th century: probably from Dutch grabbelen ‘scramble for a thing’, from Middle Dutch grabben (see grab).