What does dabble mean?

Definitions for dabble
ˈdæb əldab·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dabbleverb

    dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid

  2. dabble, paddle, splash aroundverb

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

  3. dabble, smatter, play aroundverb

    work with in an amateurish manner

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

  4. dabbleverb

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

    "dabbling ducks"


  1. dabbleverb

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

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

  2. dabbleverb

    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. Dabbleverb

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

    Etymology: [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.]

  2. Dabbleverb

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

    Etymology: [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.]

  3. Dabbleverb

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

    Etymology: [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dabble

    dab′l, v.t. to spatter with moisture.—v.i. to play in water with hands or feet: to do anything in a trifling way.—n. Dabb′ler, one who does things superficially.—adv. Dabb′lingly. [Freq. of Dab.]


  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 Blip.tv, 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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dabble in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dabble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dabble in a Sentence

  1. E.C. Stedman:

    Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.

  2. William Wegman:

    I don't have a TV show. You're not going to have a huge following unless you have a franchise or a creature -- something that gets in your imagination, whereas I just kind of dabble in children's books, everything that I do is sort of that way.

  3. Rick Rieder:

    People are looking for storehouses of value, we've started to dabble a bit into it.

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