An example of a drib is a fine mist of water that evaporates before it hits the ground.
dribs and drabs
Origin of drib< N Eng drib, driblet, droplet + drab for drap, dial. form of drop
Origin of dribPerhaps from driblet.
(third-person singular simple present dribs, present participle dribbing, simple past and past participle dribbed)
- To cut off; chop off.
- To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
- To entice step by step.
- To appropriate unlawfully; to embezzle.
- (archery) To shoot directly at short range.
- (intransitive, archery) To shoot at a mark at short range.
- (archery) To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
- (now chiefly UK dialectal) To beat; thrash; drub.
- (now chiefly UK dialectal) To scold.
- (now chiefly UK dialectal, marbles) To strike another player's marble when playing from the trigger.
From English dialectal drib (compare also drub), a variant from Middle English drepen (“to hit, strike, slay”), from Old English drepan (“to strike, kill, overcome”), from Proto-Germanic *drepaną (“to hit, strike”). More at drub.
- (obsolete) A drop.
From a variant of drip.