grabble

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

grab +‎ -le

Verb[edit]

grabble (third-person singular simple present grabbles, present participle grabbling, simple past and past participle grabbled)

  1. To search with one's hands and fingers; to grope.
    A few hollow groans from the wardrobe, he thought, would be more than sufficient, or, if that failed to wake her, he might grabble at the counterpane with palsy-twitching fingers. - 1887, The Canterville Ghost/Chapter III by Oscar Wilde
    He puts his hands into his pockets, and keeps a-grabbling and fumbling. — Selden.
  2. To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)

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