—v.t. 1. to scratch or scrape, as with the claws or hands.
2. to grapple or struggle with or as if with the claws or hands.
3. to scrawl; scribble.
—v.i. 1. to scratch or dig frantically with the hands; claw (often fol. by at): scrabbling at a locked door to escape the flames. 2. to jostle or struggle for possession of something; grab or collect something in a disorderly way; scramble.
—n. 1. a scratching or scraping, as with the claws or hands.
2. a scrawled or scribbled writing.
3. a disorderly struggle for possession of something; scramble: After the fumble, there was a scrabble for the football.
Pronunciation: (skrab'ul),[key]Trademark. a brand name for a game combining anagrams and crosswords in which two to four players use counters of various point values to form words on a playing board.