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driblet

or dribblet

[drib-lit] /ˈdrɪb lɪt/
noun
1.
a small portion or part.
2.
a small or petty sum.
Origin of driblet
1590-1600
1590-1600; obsolete drib (v.) (see dribble) + -let
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Historical Examples
  • He opened it, and shared the driblet with a few of the old campaigners.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • I sha'n't care if they don't have a driblet of gravy at supper tonight.

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
  • It was this slight overflow which supplied the driblet we had followed up from the cañon below.

  • “I thought you said there was a driblet of water running out at the crevice,”remarked Tom.

  • driblet by driblet, and paying a price that fairly staggered him, he had managed to buy over four hundred tons.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
British Dictionary definitions for driblet

driblet

/ˈdrɪblɪt/
noun
1.
a small quantity or amount, as of liquid
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete drib to fall bit by bit + -let
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Word Origin and History for driblet
n.

1590s, diminutive of drib (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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