Simple Definition of dabble
: to take part in an activity in a way that is not serious
: to play or move around in water
Full Definition of dabble
dabbleddabbling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
: to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes : spatter
1 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
2 : to work or involve oneself superficially or intermittently especially in a secondary activity or interest <dabbles in art>
Examples of dabble in a sentence
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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