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Grab vs Grabble - What's the difference?

grab | grabble |

As verbs the difference between grab and grabble

is that grab is to grip suddenly; to seize; to clutch while grabble is to search with one's hands and fingers; to grope.

As a noun grab

is a sudden snatch (for something.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


  • To grip suddenly; to seize; to clutch.
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.}}
  • To make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something).
  • To restrain someone; to arrest.
  • To grip the attention; to enthrall.
  • (informal) To quickly collect or retrieve.
  • * 1987 James Grady Just a Shot Away , Bantam, p117
  • "I'll just grab my jacket," said Manh-Hung.
  • * 1999 Jillian Dagg, Racing Hearts, Thomas Bouregy & Co., p105
  • Hardly believing that Rafe actually planned to relax for a while, Kate nodded. "All right. Fine. I'll just go grab my purse."
  • * 2009 Mike Taylor, A Thousand Sleeps, Tate Publishing, p216
  • He looked at Albert and Ben, and then back to Nurse Allen. "I'll just grab my gear and be right back."
  • (informal) To consume something quickly.
  • To take the opportunity of.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 19, author=Paul Fletcher, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Blackpool 1-2 West Ham , passage=Both teams wasted good opportunities to score but it was the London side who did grab what proved to be the decisive third when the unmarked Vaz Te, a January signing from Barnsley, drilled the ball into the net from 12 yards.}}


    (en noun)
  • a sudden snatch (for something)
  • * 1931 Harold M. Sherman, "The Baseball Clown," Boys' Life, Vol. 21, No. 4 (April 1931), Boy Scouts of America, p47
  • The ball popped in and popped out, and when he made a grab for it on the ground he kicked it with his foot.
  • * 2003 J Davey, Six Years of Darkness, Trafford Publishing, p66
  • He made a grab for me and I swung my handbag at him as hard as I could.
  • a mechanical device that grabs or clutches
  • # a device for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven
  • (media) a soundbite
  • Derived terms
    * attention-grabbing * ungrab * up for grabs
    * catch * clutch * grasp * seize * snatch

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) and (etyl) ghurb? : crow, raven, a kind of Arab ship.


    (en noun)
  • A two- or three-masted vessel used on the Malabar coast.
  • Anagrams

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  • 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 ,
    He puts his hands into his pockets, and keeps a-grabbling and fumbling. — Selden.
  • To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel.
  • (Ainsworth)