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Wednesday, August 5

Grabble

[GRA-bəl]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Dutch, late 16th century

1.

Feel or search with the hands; grope about.

2.

Sprawl or tumble on all fours.

Examples of Grabble in a sentence

"I had to grabble for the books hidden on the top shelf."

"Move that broom before someone trips and grabbles."

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About Grabble

If you trip on a chair leg and take a tumble, don't feel embarassed, just call it a grabble. You can use a new vocabulary word to describe sprawling on all fours. This has evolved from its original meaning of reaching about for an object.

Did you Know?

We get the word "grab" from Middle Dutch and German, also the origin of similar words grip and grope. Grabble was originally from the Dutch word "grabbelen," meaning to scramble for a thing.

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