Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

scramble - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable] scramble pronunciation in British English /ˈskræmb(ə)l/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    a difficult climb in which you use your feet and hands

    a scramble through mountainous terrain

  2. 2
    a situation in which people all compete for the same thing
    scramble for:

    a scramble each morning for the bathroom

    a scramble to do something:

    They’re destroying valuable land in their scramble to make money.

  3. 3
    a situation in which you have to hurry to do something
    a mad scramble:

    The next two hours were a mad scramble to get to the airport.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play