Definitions for dabbleˈdæb əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dab•bleˈdæb əl(v.)-bled, -bling.

  1. (v.i.)to play and splash in or as if in water, esp. with the hands.

  2. to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner:

    to dabble in literature.

  3. (of a duck) to feed on shallow-water vegetation with rapid, splashing movements of the bill.

    Category: Ornithology

  4. (v.t.)to wet slightly in or with a liquid; splash; spatter.

Origin of dabble:

1550–60; prob. dab1+ -le


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dabble(verb)

    dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid

  2. dabble, paddle, splash around(verb)

    play in or as if in water, as of small children

  3. dabble, smatter, play around(verb)

    work with in an amateurish manner

    "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"

  4. dabble(verb)

    bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water

    "dabbling ducks"


  1. dabble(Verb)

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

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

  2. dabble(Verb)

    To participate or have an interest in, but not so seriously.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dabble(verb)

    to wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet

  2. Dabble(verb)

    to play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water

  3. Dabble(verb)

    to work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle


  1. Dabble

    Dabble is a video search and social community. They index video from around the web (like at Youtube, iFilm, Brightcove, Comedy Central, Revver, etc) and make it searchable, though the video continues to live out at those sites. They also have a social community that selects video it finds interesting for discovery.


  1. Dabble

    Dabble is a video search service. Dabble searches over 2,000 sources of videos and has 500+ partnerships. Users can search for the latest video on the Internet from places like, Clipshack, YouTube and LiveVideo, as well as some really cool archival video from places like the Internet Archive’s Moving Images website. Perhaps what makes Dabble special is the way it goes about searching for videos. It searches the data around the video as well as gives relevance to videos with human preference activity inside Dabble and outside in other communities and blogs. Dabble also has a social community for grouping videos and for user-made media. While it is not necessary to join Dabble to find videos, registered members are able to collect videos, tag them, and organize favorites. Competitors in video search include giants Google, Yahoo and AOL (myVidster),(Truveo), as well as Pixsy, Blinkx, ClipBlast, EveryZing, and CastTV

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to play, or trail, in water

He dabbled his feet in the river.

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