verb (used without object), drib·bled, drib·bling.
verb (used with object), drib·bled, drib·bling.
- 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.
Origin of dribble
Examples from the Web for dribbled
Empire had dribbled away after 1945, for the Second World War exhausted victors as surely as it obliterated the vanquished.
Long nails tipped her hands, and she dribbled at the nose, and from her cheeks blood dripped down to the ground.Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica|Homer and Hesiod
Pat dribbled the ball lazily, passing it to a player in the middle of the floor.
He dribbled the moist brown grains through his fingertips into the pipe's narrow bowl and packed the tobacco down gently.Shaman|Robert Shea
Scanty wages in strange coins, dribbled out to factory workers in Russian cotton mills.Gossamer|George A. Birmingham
Before Red could stop him, he dribbled down the floor, cut in under the basket and scored.
British Dictionary definitions for dribbled
Word Origin for dribble
Word Origin and History for dribbled
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.