Dabble meaning

dăbəl
To partially wet (something) by splashing or dipping; connotes playfulness.

The children sat on the dock and dabbled their feet in the water.

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To undertake something superficially or without serious intent.
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To do something superficially, not seriously.

To dabble in painting.

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To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid.
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To splash liquid gently and playfully.
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To feed by moving the bill back and forth just below the surface or on the bottom in shallow water. Used of ducks.
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To dip lightly in and out of a liquid.
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To wet by dipping, splashing, or sprinkling.
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To play in water, as with the hands.
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To feed by reaching with the bill into shallow water.
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(intransitive) To participate or have an interest in an activity, but in a causal or superficial way.

She's an actress by trade, but has been known to dabble in poetry.

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To dabble is defined as to splash or dip in water, or to show a superficial interest in some hobby but never get seriously involved.

When you dip your feet in a pool briefly and move them around, this is an example of a time when you dabble.

When you make a half-hearted attempt to learn to knit but never finish the first scarf you started, this is an example of a time when you dabble in knitting.

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Origin of dabble

  • Possibly from Dutch dabbelen frequentative of dabben to strike, tap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From dab

    From Wiktionary