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dribble

verb drib·ble \ ˈdri-bəl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of dribble

dribbled; dribbling play \-(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to issue sporadically and in small bits
2 :to let or cause to fall in drops little by little
3 a :to propel by successive slight taps or bounces with hand, foot, or stick
  • dribble a basketball
  • dribble a puck
b :to hit (a ball) without much force so that it bounces slowly along the ground
intransitive verb
1 :to fall or flow in drops or in a thin intermittent stream :trickle
2 :to let saliva trickle from the corner of the mouth :drool
3 :to come or issue in piecemeal or desultory fashion
4 a :to dribble a ball or puck
b :to proceed by dribbling
c of a ball :to move with short bounces

dribbler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of dribble in a Sentence

  1. Juice dribbled down his chin.

  2. She accidentally dribbled wine onto the rug.

  3. Dribble olive oil over the warm bread before serving.

  4. She dribbled across the basketball court.

  5. He skillfully dribbled the soccer ball towards the goal.

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Origin and Etymology of dribble

frequentative of drib to dribble

dribble Synonyms

Synonyms
distill (also distil), drip, drop, trickle
Antonyms
pour, roll, stream
Related Words
drizzle, sprinkle; flow, pour, roll, run, stream; cascade, gutter, riffle, ripple; bleed, exude, ooze, seep, weep; discharge
Near Antonyms
gush, spout, spurt

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dribble

noun

Definition of dribble

1 :a tiny or insignificant bit or quantity
2 :a small trickling stream or flow
3 :an act, instance, or manner of dribbling a ball or puck

dribbly

play \ˈdri-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of dribble in a Sentence

  1. He wiped a dribble of juice from the corner of the baby's mouth.

  2. She gave the ball a dribble before passing it.

Recent Examples of dribble from the Web

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First Known Use of dribble

circa 1680

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DRIBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

dribble

verb

Definition of dribble for English Language Learners

  • : to fall or flow in small drops

  • : to let (a liquid) fall in small drops

  • : to let saliva or another liquid drip or trickle from your mouth


dribble

noun

Definition of dribble for English Language Learners

  • : a small flow of liquid

  • : an act of moving a ball or puck forward by tapping, bouncing, or kicking it


DRIBBLE Defined for Kids

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dribble

verb drib·ble \ ˈdri-bəl \

Definition of dribble for Students

dribbled; dribbling
1 :to fall or let fall in small drops :trickle
  • Water dribbled out of the crack.
2 :to let saliva or other liquid drip or trickle from the mouth
3 :to move forward by bouncing, tapping, or kicking
  • dribble a basketball

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dribble

noun

Definition of dribble for Students

1 :a trickling flow
2 :the act of moving a ball or puck forward by bouncing, kicking, or tapping it


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