to play and splash in or as if in water, especially with the hands.
to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature.
(of a duck) to feed on shallow-water vegetation with rapid, splashing movements of the bill.
to wet slightly in or with a liquid; splash; spatter.
Chiefly South Midland U.S. to wash or rinse off lightly.
- dabbler, noun
- dab·bling·ly, adverb
- un·dab·bled, adjective
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How to use dabble in a sentence
I think we’ve got to be the party, as I said, of ideas and policies and principles, and get away from members dabbling in conspiracy theories.Republicans worry their big tent will mean big problems in 2022 elections | Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Winn Roberton also seized the opportunity to work a harvest and dabble in the production side of the industry.Sommeliers have been forced to pivot in the pandemic, and their futures remain uncertain | Dave McIntyre | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Most of us probably have no idea how many people in our own lives have dabbled in it.
This wasn’t an entirely new phenomenon, of course, many professionals were already in the early stages of dabbling with such tools — but the trend has dramatically accelerated.For marketers, digital techniques are permanently changing casting and production | Backstage | January 7, 2021 | Digiday
The company has dabbled in, and then closed down, a fashion product that photographed people before.For Amazon’s $25 custom T-shirt, your body is a wonderland (of data) | Heather Kelly | January 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Wyclef Jean, the 45-year-old music maestro, has dabbled in many things.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie | Marlow Stern | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You also write about cocaine as a casual drug you dabbled in earlier.
He even dabbled in a pantsuit or two for his dear friend Hillary Clinton.
After all, this not the first time Cruz has dabbled with fame.
Apparently the former teen star also dabbled in the club drug Molly, putting the high in High School Musical.Report: Zac Efron Went to Rehab; Kerry Washington Named Best Dressed | Culture Team | September 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
To pass the weary time Jones and Hill dabbled in and experimented with hypnotism and telepathy.Eastern Nights - and Flights | Alan Bott
Skies may be represented with blue tinged with green, and when dry, some light clouds may be dabbled in with Chinese white.Little Folks | Various
By this time the clerical element had disappeared almost entirely from medical circles, or only dabbled in certain specialties.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
Her bloom became blight; her lips oozed out poison, and she dabbled in corrupt things.
Lucille herself had dabbled in color for a term or two in a fashionable school on the Back Bay in Boston.The Harris-Ingram Experiment | Charles E. Bolton
British Dictionary definitions for dabble
to dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid
(intr; usually foll by in, with, or at) to deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or superficially; play (at)
(tr) to daub, mottle, splash, or smear: his face was dabbled with paint
- dabbler, noun
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