dribble definition by Webster's New World
intransitive verb, transitive verb dribbled, dribbling
- to flow, or let flow, in drops or driblets; trickle
- to come forth or let out a little at a time
- to let (saliva, liquid, etc.) drip from the mouth; drool
- to keep (a ball or puck) in motion or move (it) forward by a rapid succession of bounces (in basketball), short kicks (in soccer), or light taps with a stick (in hockey)
Origin: frequentative of drib
- a small drop, or a flowing in small drops
- a very small amount
- the act of dribbling a ball or puck
- a drizzling rain
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- dribbler noun
dribble definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb drib·bled, drib·bling, drib·bles verb, intransitive
- To flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream; trickle: Water dribbled from the leaky faucet.
- To let saliva drip from the mouth; drool.
- Sports a. To dribble a ball or puck.b. To advance by dribbling: dribbled down the court.
- To let flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream.
- Sports a. To move (a ball or puck) by repeated light bounces or kicks, as in basketball or soccer.b. To hit (a baseball, for example) so that it bounces slowly.
- A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
- A small quantity; a bit.
- Sports The act of dribbling a ball.
Origin: Frequentative of obsolete drib, alteration of drip.
- dribˈbler noun