[ dib-uhl ]
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  1. 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.
  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.

verb (used without object),dib·bled, dib·bling.
  1. to work with a dibble.

Origin of dibble

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

Other words from dibble

  • dibbler, noun

Words Nearby dibble

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How to use dibble in a sentence

  • “A dibble and a corn-dropper will be more in his way than the rifle, for some weeks to come,” said Mr. Howell.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • I saw you always used the right leg to jam down the dibble with, and then you kicked the hole full with the right heel.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • The soles of their feet were sore with the pressure needed to jam the dibble through the tough turf.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • Put the plant in its place, thrust the dibble down at a sharp angle with the plant, and below it, and move it up to it.

    Soil Culture | J. H. Walden

British Dictionary definitions for dibble (1 of 3)


/ (ˈdɪbəl) /

  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

  1. to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble

  2. to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble

Origin of dibble

C15: of obscure origin

Derived forms of dibble

  • dibbler, noun

British Dictionary definitions for dibble (2 of 3)


/ (ˈdɪbəl) /

  1. a variant of dib

  2. a less common word for dabble

British Dictionary definitions for dibble (3 of 3)


/ (ˈdɪbəl) /

  1. British slang a policeman

Origin of dibble

C20: allusion to the police officer of that name in the children's animated cartoon Top Cat

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