[dib-uh l]


Also dib·ber [dib-er] /ˈdɪb ər/. a small, handheld, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.

verb (used with object), dib·bled, dib·bling.

to make a hole (in the ground) with or as if with a dibble.
to set (plants) in holes made with a dibble.

verb (used without object), dib·bled, dib·bling.

to work with a dibble.

Nearby words

  1. dibasic acid,
  2. dibasic potassium phosphate,
  3. dibasic sodium phosphate,
  4. dibatag,
  5. dibber,
  6. dibbuk,
  7. dibbukim,
  8. dibelius,
  9. diborane,
  10. dibrach

Origin of dibble

1325–75; late Middle English, perhaps akin to dib

Related formsdib·bler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dibble




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
Derived Formsdibbler, noun

Word Origin for dibble

C15: of obscure origin

verb (intr)

a variant of dib
a less common word for dabble


British slang a policeman

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



"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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