scrabble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scrabble write down quickly without much attention to detail
    • v scrabble feel searchingly "She groped for his keys in the dark"
    • n Scrabble 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
    • n scrabble an aimless drawing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Butts invented the game SCRABBLE. The game was originally called "Criss Cross Words."
    • n Scrabble The act of scrabbling; a moving upon the hands and knees; a scramble; also, a scribble.
    • Scrabble To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; to scribble; to scrawl. "David . . . scrabbled on the doors of the gate."
    • v. t Scrabble To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble; as, to scrabble paper.
    • Scrabble To scrape, paw, or scratch with the hands; to proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble; as, to scrabble up a cliff or a tree. "Now after a while Little-faith came to himself, and getting up made shift to scrabble on his way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The board game Scrabble was originally called "Criss Cross Words" by inventor Alfred Butts
    • scrabble 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.
    • scrabble To scramble or struggle to catch something.
    • scrabble To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; scrawl; scribble.
    • scrabble To scrape or gather hastily: with up, together, or the like.
    • n scrabble A moving on the hands and knees; a scramble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit. They were planning on playing Scrabble and realized that some of the pieces were missing so they came up with the idea of making their own game; Trivial Pursuit
    • v.i Scrabble skrab′l to scrape or make unmeaning marks, to scrawl: to scramble or crawl along with difficulty
    • v.t Scrabble to gather hastily
    • n Scrabble a scramble
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of scrape,. Cf. Scramble Scrawl (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

Skippy was at home in Scrabble Alley.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
A madman would be more likely to hammer than to "scrabble" on the great double-leaved gate.
"The Life of David" by Alexander Maclaren
I tell you, she scrabbled them up pretty quick, and we all helped her.
"Oldtown Fireside Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
There was a short scrabble that ended when Buregarde lifted the man's head and whammed it down hard against the floor.
"History Repeats" by George Oliver Smith
Then he turned over and scrabbled madly with hands and feet for something that would hold.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Dragging his rifle with his good hand, he scrabbled down to where he could see through the chinks in the slab door.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
He scrabbled at a metal plate in the flooring.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Strips of magnesium were laid like bridging planks across chunks of lava, and in the dust all around were countless curious scrabbled marks.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
From the stairway below came a scrabbling sound, as men pulled the corpses away from the stairs.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
An' it seemed like I hed sort o' scrabbled her up an' held her over a precipice, an' said to her: 'See the dead.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
I inclose with this the pages of feeble scribble-scrabble which the creature Sharpin calls a report.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
That shriek and scrabble on the riven hatches.
"The Seven Seas" by Rudyard Kipling
They scrabbled up over the edge, tottered there for an instant, and dropped on the grass.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
The stable would be locked now; but he might go to the front-door and scrabble with his feet and make a loud and piercing whinny.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
Where could the rebels scrabble together such a number?
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
It really was too bad; and was very unkind in the hands of the clock to scrabble over such delightful hours so fast.
"The Two Mittens and the Little Play Mittens" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
Lance's fingers scrabbled around, and presently found what they looked for.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Margaret, a pink inarticulate lump, scrabbled in the warm sand under Jessica's care.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
It was, in general, rather hard scrabbling for the horses, though we footmen did well enough.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Scrabble into it, quick's you can.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
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In poetry:

Nor I wadna be a clerk, mither, to bide aye ben,
Scrabbling ower the sheets o' parchment with a weary weary pen;
Looking through the lang stane windows at a narrow strip o' sky,
Like a laverock in a withy cage, until I pine away and die.
"The Outlaw" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

I always played Scrabble with my mom and grandma when I was a kid, and would always get frustrated when my mom would come back at the end with a triple word score and beat me at the end.
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Children make the most desirable opponents in Scrabble as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat.
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