verb dab·ble \ˈda-bəl\

: to take part in an activity in a way that is not serious

: to play or move around in water

dab·bleddab·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of DABBLE

transitive verb
:  to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes :  spatter
intransitive verb
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

  1. The ducks dabbled in the stream.
  2. 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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