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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 dabbling word

  • noun dabbling the fact of being involved in an activity in a frivolous or superficial way 3
  • noun dabbling the fact of taking drugs occasionally without being a habitual user 3
  • verb without object dabbling to play and splash in or as if in water, especially with the hands. 1
  • verb without object dabbling to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature. 1
  • verb without object dabbling (of a duck) to feed on shallow-water vegetation with rapid, splashing movements of the bill. 1
  • verb with object dabbling to wet slightly in or with a liquid; splash; spatter. 1

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Origin of dabbling

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 Dabbling


dabbling 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 51% 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.

dabbling usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for dabbling

noun dabbling

  • procrastination — the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention: She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.
  • frivoling — to behave frivolously; trifle.
  • dalliance — If two people have a brief romantic relationship, you can say that they have a dalliance with each other, especially if they do not take it seriously.

adjective dabbling

  • unassembled — noting an artificial gem formed of two or more parts, as a doublet or triplet, at least one of which is a true gemstone.
  • half-done — past participle of do1 .
  • dilettante — a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
  • unaccomplished — not accomplished; incomplete or not carried out: Many tasks remain unaccomplished.
  • unconcluded — to bring to an end; finish; terminate: to conclude a speech with a quotation from the Bible.

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