Origin of dibbleMiddle English dibbel, probably from dibben: see dib
transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to make a hole in (the soil) with a dibble
- to plant with a dibble
- to use a dibble
- to dip bait gently into the water
transitive verbdib·bled, dib·bling, dib·bles
- To make holes in (soil) with a pointed implement.
- To plant by means of a pointed implement.
Origin of dibbleMiddle English dibbel
(third-person singular simple present dibbles, present participle dibbling, simple past and past participle dibbled)
- To make holes, or plant seeds, using a dibble.
- To dib or dip frequently, as in angling.
dib + -le, frequentative.
- (slang) The police.
- Watch out, lads! Here comes the dibble!
From the character of Officer Dibble in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series Top Cat.