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dibble

[dib-uh l]
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noun
  1. Also dib·ber [dib-er] /ˈdɪb ər/. a small, handheld, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.
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verb (used with object), dib·bled, dib·bling.
  1. to make a hole (in the ground) with or as if with a dibble.
  2. to set (plants) in holes made with a dibble.
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verb (used without object), dib·bled, dib·bling.
  1. to work with a dibble.
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Origin of dibble

1325–75; late Middle English, perhaps akin to dib
Related formsdib·bler, noun
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Related Words for dibble

auger, punch, implement, bit, gimlet, trephine, trepan, borer, riveter, awl, wimble, corkscrew, jackhammer, dibble, countersink

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Historical Examples of dibble

  • Doctor taps Mr. Dibble on the eyebrow with his forefinger, and away they go.

  • This young lady, a Miss Dibble, is downstairs, where her typewriter will not bother.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • Yes, put that down, too, Miss Dibble; I want people to know everything!

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for dibble

dibble

1
noun
  1. 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
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verb
  1. to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
  2. to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble
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Derived Formsdibbler, noun

Word Origin for dibble

C15: of obscure origin

dibble

2
verb (intr)
  1. a variant of dib
  2. a less common word for dabble
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dibble

3
noun
  1. British slang a policeman
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Word Origin for dibble

C20: allusion to the police officer of that name in the children's animated cartoon Top Cat
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Word Origin and History for dibble

n.

"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.

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