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  1. Slang. an expert.
  2. Informal. a person who works in a superficial or clumsy manner; dabbler.
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Origin of dabster

First recorded in 1700–10; dab3 + -ster
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Examples from the Web for dabster

Historical Examples of dabster

  • But my grief, my grief, when all is said and done, ain't she a dabster!

    The Best Short Stories of 1919


  • Dabster was seen on Tuesday evening, going convoy to a milliner.

    The Humors of Falconbridge

    Jonathan F. Kelley

  • Maybe Joyce can tempt you with a mixture she's a dabster at.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • I'm something of a dabster at law myself, and I'll see that Kitsong don't railroad you into jail.

  • An' there was Doctor Dabster, that could pit a bottle or twa under his belt, an' was neither up nor down.

    Scotch Wit and Humor

    W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe

British Dictionary definitions for dabster


  1. British a dialect word for dab hand
  2. US informal an incompetent or amateurish worker; bungler
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Word Origin for dabster

C18: from dab 1 + -ster
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