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dabble

verb

  1. (dunk)  to dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
    Type of: dunk
  2. (play)  to play in, or as if in, water, as of small children
    Synonyms: paddle, splash around. Type of: play
  3. (busy)  to work with in an amateurish manner
    Synonyms: play around, smatter. Type of: busy
  4. (bob)  to bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water
    Type of: bob

Etymology summary

obsolete Dutch dabbelen, or a frequentative of the verb "dab1"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

dabble | intr [synonym, sense-specific] | dabbler [noun, derived]

to dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid | intr; usually followed by in, with, or at to deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or ... (28 of 550 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dabble

Merriam-Webster:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | spatter [synonym, sense-specific]

to wet by splashing or by little dips or strokes; "spatter" | to paddle, splash, or play in or as if in water ; to reach with the bill to the bottom ... (31 of 112 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dabble

Oxford Dictionary:

dabble | dabbler [derived]

immerse (one's hands or feet) partially in water and move them around gently | (of a duck or other waterbird) move the bill around in shallow water ... (26 of 106 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dabble

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to be involved in an activity for a short time in a way that is not very serious | [transitive] to put your hands or feet in water and ... (29 of 92 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dabble

dabble [singular, British, informal, noun]

an attempt to take part in an activity in a way that is not very serious (16 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dabble 9

American Heritage Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid | To splash liquid gently and playfully. | To undertake something superficially or without serious ... (24 of 89 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dabble

Random House Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle]

to play and splash in or as if in water, especially with the hands. | to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner. | (of a duck) to feed ... (29 of 76 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dabble

New World Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbler [noun, related]

to dip lightly in and out of a liquid | to wet by dipping, splashing, or sprinkling | to play in water, as with the hands | to do something ... (27 of 56 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dabble

Cambridge Dictionary:

dabble [entry 1] | dabbler [noun, derived]

to take a slight and not very serious interest in a subject, or try a particular activity for a short period (21 of 50 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dabble 1

dabble [entry 2]

to put part of your body, such as your hand or foot, into the water of a pool or stream, etc. and move it about (25 of 36 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dabble 2

Wiktionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To partially wet (something) by splashing or dipping; connotes playfulness. | [intransitive] To participate or have an interest in, but not so seriously. (23 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dabble

Encarta Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

to have a casual or superficial interest in something | to paddle, play, or splash in water | to wet something by dipping it in a liquid | to daub, ... (27 of 141 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602385​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

dabble

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: obsolete Dutch dabbelen, or a frequentative of the verb "dab1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dabble

American Heritage Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Possibly from Dutch dabbelen, frequentative of dabben, to strike, tap.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dabble

New World Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle]

Origin: Dutch dabbelen, frequentative of Middle Dutch dabben, to strike, "dab"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dabble

Collins Dictionary:

dabble

First use: 16th century

Origin: probably from Dutch dabbelen; see dab1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dabble

Merriam-Webster:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle]

First use: 1557

Origin: perhaps frequentative of dab

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dabble

Wiktionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: dab

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dabble

dab | dabs [plural] | dabbed [past tense] | dabbing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English dabben ("to strike"), cognate with Middle Dutch dabben ("to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble"; derives ... | Origin unknown. (19 of 52 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dab

Encarta Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Probably from Dutch dabbelen "keep tapping" from dabben "to tap"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602385​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dabble"

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Collins Dictionary:

dabble

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dabble"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dabble"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dabble

dabble [singular, British, informal, noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dabble"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

dabble [intransitive] | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dabble"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/dabble

Cambridge Dictionary:

dabble [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dabble"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "dabble"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dabble 1

the Free Dictionary:

dabble

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dabble"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dabble"

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Google Dictionary:

dabble | dabbled [past tense] | dabbling [present participle] | dabbles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dabble"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dabble

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dabble"

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YourDictionary Audio:

dabble

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dabble" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

dabble

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