Definition of dabble
: to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes : spatter
1 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
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.
Origin and Etymology of dabble
perhaps frequentative of 2dab
First Known Use: 1557
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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