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

Examples of dabbling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No Way Home, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange grappling with the fallout from his necessary dabbling in the multiverse. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2021 During the Stones’ debauched ’70s heyday, Watts was relatively sober, but his dabbling in alcohol, heroin, and amphetamines became more of a habit by the early ’80s. Dan Reilly, Vulture, 24 Aug. 2021 Their mutual dabbling on dating apps after college was less about fulfilling romantic ambitions than having something to do. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Musk has always been tongue in cheek with his crypto dabbling, but his latest posts have sown confusion across the industry and revived the debate over whether the nascent asset class is a serious investment. Anchalee Worrachate, Fortune, 18 May 2021 Our sources say for any kind of pour-over method (pour-over, French press, Chemex), a gooseneck kettle is what separates the serious from the dabbling. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, 6 Aug. 2020 Between all the candy consumption, dress up opportunities, mischief making, and dark side dabbling, the holiday is traceable to an ancient Celtic festival. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 24 June 2020 One thing Cooper couldn’t abide was Richardson’s dabbling in drug sales. Mark Obbie, Longreads, 10 Mar. 2020 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, 28 Jan. 2020 See More

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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 19 May. 2022.

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