dabble

play
verb dab·ble \ˈda-bəl\

Definition of dabble

dabbled

;

dabbling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes :  spatter

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1a :  to paddle, splash, or play in or as if in waterb :  to reach with the bill to the bottom of shallow water in order to obtain food

  5. 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

  1. The ducks dabbled in the stream.

  2. She sat by the pool, dabbling her feet in the cool water.

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Origin and Etymology of dabble

perhaps frequentative of 2dab


DABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

dabble

play
verb

Definition of dabble for English Language Learners

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

  • : to play or move around in water


DABBLE Defined for Kids

dabble

play
verb dab·ble \ˈda-bəl\

Definition of dabble for Students

dabbled

;

dabbling

  1. 1 :  to wet by splashing :  spatter

  2. 2 :  to paddle or play in or as if in water Ducks dabbled in the pond.

  3. 3 :  to work without any deep involvement I just dabble with art.

dabbler

\ˈda-blər\ noun


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