dib·​ble | \ ˈdi-bəl How to pronounce dibble (audio) \

Definition of dibble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small hand implement used to make holes in the ground for plants, seeds, or bulbs


dibbled; dibbling\ ˈdi-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dibbling (audio) \

Definition of dibble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to plant with a dibble
2 : to make holes in (soil) with or as if with a dibble

Examples of dibble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For transplants or sets, use a dibble to make planting holes 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dibble


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dibble


Middle English debylle

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“Dibble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dibble. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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