Definition of "dabbler" [dab•bler]

  • One who engages in an activity superficially or without serious intent. See Synonyms at amateur. (noun)
  • To dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid (verb)

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  • To deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or superficially; play (at) (verb)
  • To daub, mottle, splash, or smear (verb)

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Use "dabbler" in a sentence
  • "She suggests that the growth offered by buy-to-let property has resulted in "dabbler" landlords who, facing an economic downturn, are harassing tenants and seem unaware that evicting renters without notice can be acrime."
  • "I'm just 'dabbler' in the soap world, but I love seeing you link and talk about all the wonderful products."
  • "Although Ms. Amato, 28, was a "dabbler" cook, her husband's idea of a fine meal was a fried bologna sandwich, she says."