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Meaning of DABBLE

Pronunciation:  'dabul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
  2. [v]  work with in a non-serious manner; "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments bu he never makes any money"
  3. [v]  play in or as if in water, as of small children

DABBLE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: paddle, play around, smatter, splash around
 See Also: busy, dip, douse, dunk, occupy, play, plunge, souse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dab"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dabbled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Dabbling}.] [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.]
    To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to
    moisten; to wet. ``Bright hair dabbled in blood.'' --Shak.
  2. \Dab"ble\, v. i.
    1. To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash
       in mud or water.
             Where the duck dabbles 'mid the rustling sedge.
    2. To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small
       way; to tamper; to meddle. ``Dabbling here and there with
       the text.'' --Atterbury.
             During the ferst year at Dumfries, Burns for the
             ferst time began to dabble in politics. --J. C.
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