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[ dib-uhl ]
/ 藞d瑟b 蓹l /
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noun
Also dib路ber [dib-er]. /藞d瑟b 蓹r/. a small, handheld, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.
verb (used with object), dib路bled, dib路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路bled, dib路bling.
to work with a dibble.
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Origin of dibble

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dibble

dibbler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dibble (1 of 3)

dibble1
/ (藞d瑟bl) /

noun
Also called (esp Brit): dibber (藞d瑟b蓹) a small hand tool used to make holes in the ground for planting or transplanting bulbs, seeds, or roots
verb
to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble

Derived forms of dibble

dibbler, noun

Word Origin for dibble

C15: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for dibble (2 of 3)

dibble2
/ (藞d瑟bl) /

verb (intr)
a variant of dib
a less common word for dabble

British Dictionary definitions for dibble (3 of 3)

dibble3
/ (藞d瑟bl) /

noun
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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