Scamble

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Scamble To mangle.
    • Scamble To move about pushing and jostling; to be rude and turbulent; to scramble. "The scambling and unquiet time did push it out of . . . question."
    • Scamble To move awkwardly; to be shuffling, irregular, or unsteady; to sprawl; to shamble. "Some scambling shifts.""A fine old hall, but a scambling house."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scamble To stir about in an eager, confused way; scramble; struggle for place or possession.
    • scamble To shift awkwardly; sprawl; be awkward; be without order or method.
    • scamble To mangle; maul.
    • scamble To scatter; squander; dissipate.
    • scamble To collect together without order or method.
    • n scamble A struggle with others; a scramble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scamble skam′bl (obs.) to scramble: to sprawl
    • v.t Scamble to mangle: to squander
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OD. schampelen, to deviate, to slip, schampen, to go away, escape, slip, and E. scamper, shamble,

Usage

In literature:

Your hand like Dingley's, you scambling,(17) scattering sluttikin!
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
Hence all this "skimble scamble stuff" about "Satanic," and so forth.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
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