- Also dib·ber [dib-er] /ˈdɪb ər/. a small, handheld, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.
- to make a hole (in the ground) with or as if with a dibble.
- to set (plants) in holes made with a dibble.
- to work with a dibble.
Origin of dibble
Examples from the Web for dibble
Dibble was subsequently named deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in London.Congress: Hillary’s Benghazi Investigation Let Top Officials Escape Blame
September 15, 2013
Jones and Dibble were responsible for security in Libya, Maxwell and three State Department officials said.Exclusive: Hillary’s Benghazi ‘Scapegoat’ Speaks Out
May 20, 2013
Doctor taps Mr. Dibble on the eyebrow with his forefinger, and away they go.The Uncommercial Traveller
This young lady, a Miss Dibble, is downstairs, where her typewriter will not bother.
Yes, put that down, too, Miss Dibble; I want people to know everything!
But, of course, it was Mrs. Dibble who could tell the most, and who was more in demand than ever.Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The sky was overcast, and Dibble said that a storm was brewing.The Last Cruise of the Spitfire
- Also called (esp Brit): dibber (ˈdɪbə) a small hand tool used to make holes in the ground for planting or transplanting bulbs, seeds, or roots
- to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
- to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble
- British slang a policeman
Word Origin and History for dibble
"tool to make a hole in the soil (as to plant seeds)," mid-15c., probably from Middle English dibben (perhaps akin to dip) + instrumental suffix -le. The verb is from 1580s. Related: Dibbled; dibbling.