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Definition of "dabble" [dab•ble]

  • 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-transitive)
  • 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-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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?"