verb drib·ble \ˈdri-bəl\

: to fall or flow in small drops

: to let (a liquid) fall in small drops

: to let saliva or another liquid drip or trickle from your mouth

drib·bleddrib·bling \-(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of DRIBBLE

transitive verb
:  to issue sporadically and in small bits
:  to let or cause to fall in drops little by little
a :  to propel by successive slight taps or bounces with hand, foot, or stick <dribble a basketball> <dribble a puck>
b :  to hit (as a baseball) so as to cause a slow bouncing
intransitive verb
:  to fall or flow in drops or in a thin intermittent stream :  trickle
:  to let saliva trickle from the corner of the mouth :  drool
:  to come or issue in piecemeal or desultory fashion
a :  to dribble a ball or puck
b :  to proceed by dribbling
c of a ball :  to move with short bounces
drib·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of DRIBBLE

  1. Juice dribbled down his chin.
  2. She accidentally dribbled wine onto the rug.
  3. Dribble olive oil over the warm bread before serving.
  4. She dribbled across the basketball court.
  5. He skillfully dribbled the soccer ball towards the goal.

Origin of DRIBBLE

frequentative of drib to dribble
First Known Use: circa 1589

Related to DRIBBLE



: a small flow of liquid

: an act of moving a ball or puck forward by tapping, bouncing, or kicking it

Full Definition of DRIBBLE

:  a tiny or insignificant bit or quantity
:  a small trickling stream or flow
:  an act, instance, or manner of dribbling a ball or puck
drib·bly \ˈdri-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of DRIBBLE

  1. He wiped a dribble of juice from the corner of the baby's mouth.
  2. She gave the ball a dribble before passing it.

First Known Use of DRIBBLE

circa 1680

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lateral, lax, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate

Rhymes with DRIBBLE


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