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
Related Words for dribbledsquirt, ooze, drizzle, run, seep, leak, spout, drop, drip, distill, drivel, salivate, slaver, drool, weep, slobber, trill
Examples from the Web for dribbled
Contemporary Examples of dribbled
Empire had dribbled away after 1945, for the Second World War exhausted victors as surely as it obliterated the vanquished.The Great Fallacy of Obama's War
November 13, 2009
Historical Examples of dribbled
Haig uttered one more call that dribbled into a sobbing cry.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
You dribbled down the front, you didn't spill things in your lap.Decision
Frank M. Robinson
She dribbled at the corners of her black, moist lips; her eye was soft and cynical.The Island Pharisees
Again Berenice deftly caught it and dribbled for a yard or more.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
The Yill servant rolled his eyes, dribbled more of the soup into the bowl.The Yillian Way
John Keith Laumer
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.