transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- 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 of dribblefrequentative 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
verbdrib·bled, drib·bling, drib·bles
- 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 move a ball or puck by repeated light bounces or kicks, as in basketball or soccer.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 dribbling.b. To hit (a baseball, for example) so that it bounces slowly and low to the ground.
- A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
- A small quantity; a bit.
- Sports The act of dribbling a ball.
Origin of dribbleFrequentative of obsolete drib alteration of drip
(third-person singular simple present dribbles, present participle dribbling, simple past and past participle dribbled)
- To let saliva drip from the mouth, to drool
- To fall in drops or an unsteady stream, to trickle
- In various ball games, to run with the ball, controlling its path with the feet
- (basketball) To bounce the ball on the floor with one hand at a time, enabling the player to move with it;
- To advance by dribbling
- to let something fall in drips
- in various ball games, to move the ball, by repeated light kicks
drib + -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”)