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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 dabbled word

  • verb without object dabbled to play and splash in or as if in water, especially with the hands. 1
  • verb without object dabbled to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature. 1
  • verb without object dabbled (of a duck) to feed on shallow-water vegetation with rapid, splashing movements of the bill. 1
  • verb with object dabbled to wet slightly in or with a liquid; splash; spatter. 1
  • verb with object dabbled Chiefly South Midland U.S. to wash or rinse off lightly. 1
  • noun dabbled Simple past tense and past participle of dabble. 1

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Origin of dabbled

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 Dabbled


dabbled 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.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

dabbled usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for dabbled

verb dabbled

  • puttered — to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner: to putter in the garden.
  • fiddled — a musical instrument of the viol family.
  • dallied — to waste time; loiter; delay.
  • idled — not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
  • dipped — to plunge (something, as a cloth or sponge) temporarily into a liquid, so as to moisten it, dye it, or cause it to take up some of the liquid: He dipped the brush into the paint bucket.

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