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driblet

or drib·blet

[drib-lit]
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noun
  1. a small portion or part.
  2. a small or petty sum.
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Origin of driblet

1590–1600; obsolete drib (v.) (see dribble) + -let
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Historical Examples

  • He opened it, and shared the driblet with a few of the old campaigners.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898

    Bennet Burleigh

  • I sha'n't care if they don't have a driblet of gravy at supper tonight.

    Hiram The Young Farmer

    Burbank L. Todd

  • It was this slight overflow which supplied the driblet we had followed up from the cañon below.

  • “I thought you said there was a driblet of water running out at the crevice,”remarked Tom.

  • Driblet by driblet, and paying a price that fairly staggered him, he had managed to buy over four hundred tons.

    The Hallowell Partnership

    Katharine Holland Brown


British Dictionary definitions for driblet

driblet

dribblet

noun
  1. a small quantity or amount, as of liquid
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Word Origin

C17: from obsolete drib to fall bit by bit + -let
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Word Origin and History for driblet

n.

1590s, diminutive of drib (n.).

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