Definition of


  1. (verb, motion) bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water
  2. (verb, motion) dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
  3. (verb, social) work with in an amateurish manner
    He plays around with investments but he never makes any money
  4. (verb, social) play in or as if in water, as of small children

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Dabble

Derivations: dabbler

Hypernyms: bob, busy, dip, douse, dunk, occupy, play, plunge, souse

Origin of the word Dabble

  1. 1550s, frequentative of dab. Original meaning was "wet by splashing;" modern fig. sense first recorded 1625. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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