What does dribble mean?

Definitions for dribble
ˈdrɪb əldrib·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dribble.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dribbleverb

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

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

  2. Dribbleverb

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

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

  3. Dribbleverb

    to fall weakly and slowly

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

  4. Dribbleverb

    to let fall in drops

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

  5. Dribblenoun

    a drizzling shower; a falling or leaking in drops

    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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Chris Paul:

    It all just came to a head and guys started really communicating and started realizing that you don't have to just shut up and dribble.

  5. 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.

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  • лигавя се, росене, дриблирам, капене, църцоря, дрибъл, изкапвам, капя, капкаBulgarian
  • driblatge, driblar, conducció, conduirCatalan, Valencian
  • driblovat, nechat kapat, odkapávat, slintat, kapatCzech
  • dribbeln, tropfen, sabbernGerman
  • pogute versi, guti, dribli, salivumi, baviEsperanto
  • regate, regatear, driblar, babear, gambeta, gambetear, gotearSpanish
  • pisara, tippua, kuljettaa, tiputella, tilkka, kuolata, kuljettaminen, tihkua, noro, tippa, tiputtaaFinnish
  • dribbler, bave, goutte, goutter, dribble, baverFrench
  • druibleáilIrish
  • sheelManx
  • כדרר, כדרורHebrew
  • pattogtatHungarian
  • bava, sbavare, sbrodolareItalian
  • pāhīhīMāori
  • dribbelen, kwijlen, zeveren, druppel, druppelenDutch
  • drible, babar, driblarPortuguese
  • пускать слюниRussian
  • дриблинг, driblati, дриблање, цуркати, балавитиSerbo-Croatian
  • dribbla, dregla, droppaSwedish
  • ஜொள்ளுTamil
  • เลี้ยงลูกThai

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    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    • A. assault
    • B. substitute
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