Definition of "dabble" [dab•ble]

  • (verb-transitive) To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold” ( Katherine Mansfield).
  • (verb-intransitive) To splash liquid gently and playfully.
  • (verb-intransitive) To undertake something superficially or without serious intent: "The restaurant business entails more than . . . dabbling in interior design” ( Andy Birsh).
  • (verb-intransitive) To bob forward and under in shallow water so as to feed off the bottom.
  • (verb) to dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid
  • (verb) to deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or superficially; play (at)
  • (verb) to daub, mottle, splash, or smear

Use "dabble" in a sentence

  • "The previous Transporter films have had Martin dabble with romance before (once with Asian actress Shu Qi and a brief flirtation in the last film with Amber Valetta)."
  • "Perhaps she needed to "dabble" a bit in order to find her way, and ultimately, her choice of faith needs to be respected."
  • "Perhaps the question should be: Does the word "dabble" bother you when referencing part of your spiritual quest, even if it was only short-lived?"

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