- Also dib·ber [dib-er] /ˈdɪb ər/. a small, handheld, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.
- to make a hole (in the ground) with or as if with a dibble.
- to set (plants) in holes made with a dibble.
- to work with a dibble.
Origin of dibble
1325–75; late Middle English, perhaps akin to dib
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- 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
C15: of obscure origin
- British slang a policeman
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 dibbler
"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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