dabbling

noun
dab·bling | \ -b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of dabbling 

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

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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 However, even the most devoted Twain readers are usually unaware of his dabbling in the supernatural craze of spiritualism. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 13 Mar. 2018 More of the same – an emphasis on retention, drafting impact players and some dabbling in the free agent and trade markets. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: Setting the table for the Bengals in free agency," 10 Feb. 2018 But the company’s main business, which pays for all of its dabblings elsewhere, is digital advertising, which in 2017 accounted for more than 86% of its $111bn revenue. The Economist, "Google embraces ad-blocking via Chrome," 15 Feb. 2018 But Souza’s far-reaching discography goes well beyond that one LP, with dabblings in bossa nova and modern classical. Robert Ham | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Here are 6 can't-miss shows at the 2018 PDX Jazz Festival," 6 Feb. 2018 Dabbling and diving ducks flock to Catahoula to feast on the seeds produced by the grasses as well as the grasses themselves. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Court rules against public hunting on Catahoula Lake," 10 Aug. 2017 These are mere dabblings, however, compared to the experience that awaited me at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. Michael Frank, The Atlantic, "Finding Your Audiobook Voice," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of dabbling

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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