[ drib-uh l ]
/ ˈdrɪb əl /

verb (used without object), drib·bled, drib·bling.

verb (used with object), drib·bled, drib·bling.

to let fall in drops.
  1. Basketball. to bounce (the ball) as in advancing or keeping control of it.
  2. (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

1555–65; frequentative of obsolete drib (v.), probably variant of drip


drib·bler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dribbled

/ (ˈdrɪbəl) /


(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

Derived forms of dribble

dribbler, noundribbly, adjective

Word Origin for dribble

C16: frequentative of drib, variant of drip
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