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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dab-uh l]
    • /ˈdæb əl/
    • /ˈdæb.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dab-uh l]
    • /ˈdæb əl/

Definitions of dabble word

  • verb dabble If you dabble in something, you take part in it but not very seriously. 3
  • verb dabble to dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid 3
  • verb dabble to deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or superficially; play (at) 3
  • verb dabble to daub, mottle, splash, or smear 3
  • verb transitive dabble to dip lightly in and out of a liquid 3
  • verb transitive dabble to wet by dipping, splashing, or sprinkling 3

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Origin of dabble

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
1550-60; probably dab1 + -le; compare Dutch dabbelen, dabben

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Parts of speech for Dabble


dabble popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

dabble usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for dabble

verb dabble

  • trifle — an article or thing of very little value.
  • play — a dramatic composition or piece; drama.
  • monkey — any mammal of the order Primates, including the guenons, macaques, langurs, and capuchins, but excluding humans, the anthropoid apes, and, usually, the tarsier and prosimians. Compare New World monkey, Old World monkey.
  • dilly-dally — to loiter or vacillate
  • idle — not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.

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