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dibble

[ dib-uhl ]
/ ˈdɪb əl /
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noun

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.

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Origin of dibble

1325–75; 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
/ (ˈdɪbəl) /

noun

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

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
/ (ˈdɪbəl) /

verb (intr)

a variant of dib
a less common word for dabble

British Dictionary definitions for dibble (3 of 3)

dibble3
/ (ˈdɪbəl) /

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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