: to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes : spatter
a : to paddle, splash, or play in or as if in water
b : to reach with the bill to the bottom of shallow water in order to obtain food
: to work or involve oneself superficially or intermittently especially in a secondary activity or interest <dabbles in art>
Examples of DABBLE
- The ducks dabbled in the stream.
- She sat by the pool, dabbling her feet in the cool water.
Origin of DABBLE
perhaps frequentative of 2dab
First Known Use: 1557
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