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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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 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

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First Known Use of dabbling

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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