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
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.
Dillon also grew an affinity for what his parents, Brad and Cheri, dabbled in for years.
Atkins dabbled in scientific drawings in her early 20s, illustrating her father’s translation of Genera of Shells by Jean Baptiste Lamarck.
While studying sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute, Davis started dabbling in making absinthe, which was emerging from a decades-long nap.
After dabbling in radio, TV and movies, the medium of podcasting was a new one for Lear.
But Mr. Davenport points out that those odds aren’t much different than those of any other alternative investment in which a high-net-worth investor might dabble.
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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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