What does dribble mean?

Definitions for dribble
ˈdrɪb əldrib·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drip, trickle, dribblenoun

    flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid

    "there's a drip through the roof"

  2. drool, dribble, drivel, slobbernoun

    saliva spilling from the mouth

  3. dribble, dribblingverb

    the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks

  4. trickle, dribble, filterverb

    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

    "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in"

  5. dribble, drip, dropverb

    let or cause to fall in drops

    "dribble oil into the mixture"

  6. dribble, carryverb

    propel, "Carry the ball"

    "dribble the ball"

  7. drivel, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber, dribbleverb

    let saliva drivel from the mouth

    "The baby drooled"


  1. dribblenoun

    A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.

  2. dribblenoun

    A small amount of a liquid.

  3. dribblenoun

    In sport, the act of dribbling.

  4. dribbleverb

    To let saliva drip from the mouth, to drool

  5. dribbleverb

    To fall in drops or an unsteady stream, to trickle

  6. dribbleverb

    In various ball games, to run with the ball, controlling its path with the feet

  7. dribbleverb

    To bounce the ball on the floor with one hand at a time, enabling the player to move with it;

  8. dribbleverb

    To advance by dribbling

  9. dribbleverb

    to let something fall in drips

  10. dribbleverb

    in various ball games, to move the ball, by repeated light kicks

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dribbleverb

    To throw down in drops.

    Let the cook follow with a ladle full of soup, and dribble it all the way up stairs. Jonathan Swift, Rules to Servants.

  2. To DRIBBLEverb

    Etymology: This word seems to have come from drop by successive alterations, such as are usual in living languages. Drop, drip, dripple, dribble, from thence drivel and driveler. Drip may indeed be the original word, from the Danish drypp.

    Semilunar processes on the surface, owe their form to the dribbling of water that passed over it. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    A dribbling, difficulty, and a momentary suppression of urine, may be caused by the stone’s shutting up the orifice of the bladder. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Believe not that the dribbling dart of love
    Can pierce a compleat bosom. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.


  1. dribble

    In sports, dribbling is maneuvering a ball by one player while moving in a given direction, avoiding defenders' attempts to intercept the ball. A successful dribble will bring the ball past defenders legally and create opportunities to score.


  1. dribble

    Dribble generally refers to a movement in sports, where a player controls and maneuvers a ball along the ground, typically by using their hands in basketball or using feet in soccer and field hockey. Alternatively, it can also mean to let a liquid drop or flow slowly from the edge of one's mouth or from a container.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dribbleverb

    to fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops; as, water dribbles from the eaves

  2. Dribbleverb

    to slaver, as a child or an idiot; to drivel

  3. Dribbleverb

    to fall weakly and slowly

  4. Dribbleverb

    to let fall in drops

  5. Dribblenoun

    a drizzling shower; a falling or leaking in drops

  6. Etymology: [Freq. of drib, which is a variant of drip.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dribble

    drib′l, v.i. to fall in small drops: to drop quickly: to slaver, as a child or an idiot.—v.t. to let fall in drops: to give out in small portions: at football, &c., to keep the ball moving forward little by little.—v.t. Drib, to dribble, drivel.—n. a driblet.—ns. Drib′bler; Drib′let, Drib′blet, a small drop: a small quantity. [Dim. of Drip.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dribble

    Drizzling showers; light rain.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dribble in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dribble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of dribble in a Sentence

  1. Lionel Messi:

    The pitches here are shameful, the ball is like a rabbit, it can go anywhere, the conditions are very difficult and it's very hard to dribble properly. This cannot go on.

  2. Chuck Grassley:

    If the purpose of( a payroll tax cut) or a check is to stimulate the economy and help people in need, I think when a person has a check in his hand... I think that's going to do more economic good than if we dribble out $ 30 every paycheck, because people are going to notice it and maybe take some action as a result.

  3. Jean Baudrillard:

    A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth -- either epileptic or dead.

  4. Mark Wunderlich:

    On the dribble, we always talk about dribbling you can take two legal steps to the basket, right? No one ever thought about on the gather after you dribble you can take two legal steps backwards.

  5. Dirk Nowitzki:

    The play was to get the ball right there. Just wait until the clock was down and make a move either way, obviously, the entire league knows I usually like going left, so (Randle) was really high side on me. All I had to do was kind of rip through, take a dribble and shoot. It felt good leaving my hands, so I'm glad it went in.

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Translations for dribble

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  • капка, дриблирам, капя, росене, изкапвам, дрибъл, лигавя се, капене, църцоряBulgarian
  • driblatge, driblar, conduir, conduccióCatalan, Valencian
  • odkapávat, driblovat, kapat, nechat kapat, slintatCzech
  • tropfen, sabbern, dribbelnGerman
  • dribli, pogute versi, salivumi, bavi, gutiEsperanto
  • gotear, regatear, regate, driblar, gambetear, gambeta, babearSpanish
  • tiputtaa, tippa, noro, tiputella, kuljettaa, kuljettaminen, tippua, tihkua, kuolata, pisara, tilkkaFinnish
  • dribble, goutter, goutte, dribbler, bave, baverFrench
  • druibleáilIrish
  • sheelManx
  • כדרר, כדרורHebrew
  • pattogtatHungarian
  • sbrodolare, sbavare, bavaItalian
  • pāhīhīMāori
  • zeveren, kwijlen, druppel, dribbelen, druppelenDutch
  • drible, babar, driblarPortuguese
  • пускать слюниRussian
  • балавити, дриблање, driblati, дриблинг, цуркатиSerbo-Croatian
  • dribbla, droppa, dreglaSwedish
  • ஜொள்ளுTamil
  • เลี้ยงลูกThai

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