Definition of dabble
: to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes : spatter
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
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.
Recent Examples of dabble from the Web
Injuries to Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and now Kris Bryant have forced Maddon to dabble with even more lineup combinations and kept the Chicago-to-Des Moines shuttle active.
Since then, the duo has kept busy, performing in overseas tours and dabbling in everything from reality television (What Chilli Wants and Totally T-Boz) to retail (Chilli has a handbag line, while T-Boz had a boutique).
Enkhbold, a career politician who dabbles in horse breeding, had promised stability, arguing that government policies stand a better chance under an MPP presidency.
His offensive game is evolving, too; after spending his first few years as a spot-up shooter, Caldwell-Pope has begun dabbling in off-the-dribble works, somehow without falling into turnover trouble.
Orbis was a player in a burgeoning industry that linked refugees from the worlds of espionage and journalism to the decision-makers who ran the flat-earth multi-national corporations and who also, from time to convenient time, dabbled in politics.
Still, dabbling in businesses other than cars is Toyota’s trademark.
Still, dabbling in businesses other than cars is Toyota's trademark.
According to reporting by Paylor, the Chiefs dabbled in talks with teams to try to trade Maclin.
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Origin and Etymology of dabble
perhaps frequentative of 2dab
First Known Use: 1557See Words from the same year
DABBLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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