dabbling

noun
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 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, "30 must-have kitchen accessories for coffee lovers," 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, "The Origins of Halloween Are Darker Than You Imagined," 24 June 2020 One thing Cooper couldn’t abide was Richardson’s dabbling in drug sales. Mark Obbie, Longreads, "“We Are Not Lost Causes”," 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, "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

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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