dab·​bling | \ ˈda-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce dabbling (audio) \

Definition of dabbling

: a superficial or intermittent interest, investigation, or experiment his dabblings in philosophy and art

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Recent Examples on the Web Russia’s wealthiest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, had been jailed in 2003 for refusing to cease his dabbling in politics. Garry Kasparov, The New York Review of Books, "A Popular Front to Stop Trump," 28 Jan. 2020 But legal work and diplomatic dabbling may not have given him sufficient expertise to guide a mercurial president’s foreign policy. The Economist, "Donald Trump replaces John Bolton with a hostage negotiator," 19 Sep. 2019 In other words, if nothing bad happens (such as injury or death), and there's a potential for reward, then evolution may actually encourage such dabbling. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "The ‘narluga’ is a strange hybrid. But it’s far from alone.," 28 June 2019 West Virginia isn’t the only program dabbling in the overseas market for players. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Neal Brown Is Eager to Try His Hand at West Virginia's One-of-a-Kind Challenge," 27 June 2019 Dana sprinkles in remarks about her past — her dabbling in satanism, for instance — that complicate our trust. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: In Lucas Hnath's 'Dana H.,' a kidnapping survivor's truth hides in the shadows," 3 June 2019 Most of us would’ve taken that windfall and set off on a lifetime journey of maximum chillin’, with perhaps an occasional detour into public entrepreneurial dabbling. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Of course, there is also some alleged dabbling in Eastern European energy markets, sometimes by people in business with Paul Manafort, a onetime campaign chairman for Donald Trump. Garrett Graff, Longreads, "A Vor Never Sleeps," 5 June 2018 His heroin dabbling had developed into a full-bore addiction, and the others weren’t having it, kicking him out during the sessions for their album Loose. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Neil Young & Crazy Horse Return to the Stage: A Crash Course on Their Legendary Collaboration," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dabbling

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Dabbling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dabbling. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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