- to fall or flow in drops or small quantities; trickle.
- to drivel; slaver.
- Sports. to advance a ball or puck by bouncing it or giving it a series of short kicks or pushes.
- to let fall in drops.
- Basketball.to bounce (the ball) as in advancing or keeping control of it.
- (especially in ice hockey and soccer) to move (the ball or puck) along by a rapid succession of short kicks or pushes.
- a small trickling stream or a drop.
- a small quantity of anything: a dribble of revenue.
- Sports. an act or instance of dribbling a ball or puck.
- Scot. a drizzle; a light rain.
Origin of dribble
Related Words for dribblesquirt, ooze, drizzle, run, seep, leak, spout, drop, drip, distill, drivel, salivate, slaver, drool, weep, slobber, trill
Examples from the Web for dribble
Contemporary Examples of dribble
How refreshing it was to see England players swivel and dribble and sell dummies.The Group of Life
June 15, 2014
She reluctantly gulps it down, chokes, and allows little rivers of green juice to dribble from the corner of her mouth.Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism?
May 22, 2014
Historical Examples of dribble
Under the dribble of the mucilage the fire in his eyes had flickered and sunk.The Paliser case
Others, who had spent the evening dining, began to dribble in.Colonel Crockett's Co-operative Christmas
When it was observed that Mr. Pike did not fire, the rest began to dribble into view.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
What beautiful ringlets those were that used to dribble over them!The Book of Snobs
William Makepeace Thackeray
Who could dribble and keep possession of the ball like Weir?Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches
David Drummond Bone
- (usually intr) to flow or allow to flow in a thin stream or drops; trickle
- (intr) to allow saliva to trickle from the mouth
- (in soccer, basketball, hockey, etc) to propel (the ball) by repeatedly tapping it with the hand, foot, or stick
- a small quantity of liquid falling in drops or flowing in a thin stream
- a small quantity or supply
- an act or instance of dribbling
Word Origin for dribble
1580s, frequentative of obsolete verb drib (1520s), variant of drip (v.). Sports sense first used of soccer (1863), basketball sense is by 1892 (implied in dribbling). Related: Dribbled; dribbling. As a noun from 1670s.