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drabble

[ drab-uhl ]
/ ˈdræb əl /
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verb (used with or without object), drab·bled, drab·bling.

to draggle; make or become wet and dirty.

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Origin of drabble

1350–1400; Middle English drabelen<Middle Low German drabbeln to wade in liquid mud, bespatter, equivalent to drabbe liquid mud + -eln frequentative v. suffix; see drab2, draff

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Definition for drabble (2 of 2)

Drabble
[ drab-uhl ]
/ ˈdræb əl /

noun

Margaret, born 1939, English novelist.
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British Dictionary definitions for drabble (1 of 2)

drabble
/ (ˈdræbəl) /

verb

to make or become wet or dirty

Word Origin for drabble

C14: from Low German drabbelen to paddle in mud; related to drab ²

British Dictionary definitions for drabble (2 of 2)

Drabble
/ (ˈdræbəl) /

noun

Dame Margaret. born 1939, British novelist and editor. Her novels include The Needle's Eye (1972), The Radiant Way (1987), and The Seven Sisters (2002). She edited the 1985 edition of the Oxford Companion to Literature
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