dabble


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dab·ble

 (dăb′əl)
v. dab·bled, dab·bling, dab·bles
v.tr.
To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold" (Katherine Mansfield).
v.intr.
1. To splash liquid gently and playfully.
2. To undertake something superficially or without serious intent: "The restaurant business entails more than ... dabbling in interior design" (Andy Birsh).
3. To feed by moving the bill back and forth just below the surface or on the bottom in shallow water. Used of ducks.

[Possibly from Dutch dabbelen, frequentative of dabben, to strike, tap.]

dab′bler n.

dabble

(ˈdæbəl)
vb
1. to dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid
2. (intr; usually foll by in, with, or at) to deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or superficially; play (at)
3. (tr) to daub, mottle, splash, or smear: his face was dabbled with paint.
[C16: probably from Dutch dabbelen; see dab1]
ˈdabbler n

dab•ble

(ˈdæb əl)

v. -bled, -bling. v.i.
1. to play and splash in or as if in water, esp. with the hands.
2. to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature.
3. (of a duck) to feed on shallow-water vegetation with rapid, splashing movements of the bill.
v.t.
4. to wet slightly in or with a liquid; splash; spatter.
[1550–60; probably dab1 + -le]
dab′bler, n.
dab′bling•ly, adv.

dabble


Past participle: dabbled
Gerund: dabbling

Imperative
dabble
dabble
Present
I dabble
you dabble
he/she/it dabbles
we dabble
you dabble
they dabble
Preterite
I dabbled
you dabbled
he/she/it dabbled
we dabbled
you dabbled
they dabbled
Present Continuous
I am dabbling
you are dabbling
he/she/it is dabbling
we are dabbling
you are dabbling
they are dabbling
Present Perfect
I have dabbled
you have dabbled
he/she/it has dabbled
we have dabbled
you have dabbled
they have dabbled
Past Continuous
I was dabbling
you were dabbling
he/she/it was dabbling
we were dabbling
you were dabbling
they were dabbling
Past Perfect
I had dabbled
you had dabbled
he/she/it had dabbled
we had dabbled
you had dabbled
they had dabbled
Future
I will dabble
you will dabble
he/she/it will dabble
we will dabble
you will dabble
they will dabble
Future Perfect
I will have dabbled
you will have dabbled
he/she/it will have dabbled
we will have dabbled
you will have dabbled
they will have dabbled
Future Continuous
I will be dabbling
you will be dabbling
he/she/it will be dabbling
we will be dabbling
you will be dabbling
they will be dabbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dabbling
you have been dabbling
he/she/it has been dabbling
we have been dabbling
you have been dabbling
they have been dabbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dabbling
you will have been dabbling
he/she/it will have been dabbling
we will have been dabbling
you will have been dabbling
they will have been dabbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dabbling
you had been dabbling
he/she/it had been dabbling
we had been dabbling
you had been dabbling
they had been dabbling
Conditional
I would dabble
you would dabble
he/she/it would dabble
we would dabble
you would dabble
they would dabble
Past Conditional
I would have dabbled
you would have dabbled
he/she/it would have dabbled
we would have dabbled
you would have dabbled
they would have dabbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dabble - dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
dip, dunk, souse, douse, plunge - immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint"
2.dabble - play in or as if in water, as of small children
play - be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"
3.dabble - work with in an amateurish manner; "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"
busy, occupy - keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
4.dabble - bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water; "dabbling ducks"
bob - move up and down repeatedly; "her rucksack bobbed gently on her back"

dabble

verb (usually with in or with) play at or with, toy (with), potter, tinker (with), trifle (with), flirt with, dip into, fiddle with, dally (with), scratch the surface of, have a smattering of, potter about or around or round with She dabbled with drugs at University.
Translations
يَشْتَغِل على سَبيلِ الهِوايَهيَلْعَبُ بِقَدَمَيْهِ بالماء، يُبَلِّل
fušovatmáchat
dyppefuskeplaske
beleártja magát vmibe
káka , föndrasulla, busla
mėgėjiškai užsiiminėtipliuškentipliuškentis
neprofesionāli nodarbotiesplunčātiesšļakstīties
fušovať
amatörce uğraşmaksuda oynatmak

dabble

[ˈdæbl]
A. VTsalpicar, mojar
to dabble one's hands/feet in waterchapotear con las manos/los pies en el agua
B. VI (fig) to dabble in sthhacer algo/interesarse por algo superficialmente
to dabble in politicsser politiquero, politiquear
to dabble in sharesjugar a la bolsa
I only dabble in itpara mí es un pasatiempo nada más

dabble

[ˈdæbəl] vi
[amateur]
Are they composers? - Not really, although they dabble → Ce sont des compositeurs? - Pas vraiment, mais ils composent en dilettante.
Is she an artist? - Not really, she dabbles → C'est une artiste? - Pas vraiment, elle peint en dilettante.
[drug-user] → tâter de la drogue
She dabbled with drugs → Elle tâtait de la drogue.
dabble in
vt [+ politics, antiques] → tâter dedab hand n (British) (= expert) to be a dab hand at sth → être doué(e) en qch
He wasn't such a dab hand in the kitchen → Il n'était pas aussi doué à la cuisine.
to be a dab hand at doing sth → être doué(e) pour faire qch

dabble

vt to dabble one’s hands/feet in the watermit den Händen/Füßen im Wasser plan(t)schen
vi
(with hands, feet) → plan(t)schen
(fig) to dabble in/at somethingsich (nebenbei) mit etw beschäftigen; are you a serious photographer? — no, I only dabble (in it)beschäftigen Sie sich ernsthaft mit der Fotografie? — nein, nur so nebenbei; he dabbles in stocks and shares/antiqueser versucht sich an der Börse/in Antiquitäten

dabble

[ˈdæbl]
1. vt to dabble one's hands/feet in the watersguazzare con le mani/i piedi nell'acqua
2. vi (fig) to dabble in sthoccuparsi di qc a tempo perso, dilettarsi di qc
to dabble in politics → dilettarsi di politica

dabble

(ˈdӕbl) verb
1. to play, or trail, in water. He dabbled his feet in the river.
2. to do anything in a half-serious way or as a hobby. He dabbles in chemistry.
References in classic literature ?
She ran toward a piece of water, shook one of her legs lightly to cast off her shoe, and began to dabble her foot, white as alabaster, in the current, admiring, perhaps, the undulations she thus produced upon the surface of the water.
He said nothing for a time, but stood looking at the picture, while the copyist began actively to dabble with her paint.
Well; I didn't mean to dabble in witchcraft to-day, further than the lighting of my pipe, but a witch I am, and a witch I'm likely to be, and there's no use trying to shirk it.
who art read in the laws of the Gentiles, and hast sojourned among them who dabble with the Teraphim
I like to dabble just a little in the knowledge of these things.
The modern masters promise very little; they know that metals cannot be transmuted and that the elixir of life is a chimera but these philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pore over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles.
You dabbled in nasty mud, and made pies, when you were a child; and you dabble in nasty science, and dissect spiders, and spoil flowers, when you grow up.
I have to be careful," he continued, turning to me with a smile, "for I dabble with poisons a good deal.
She dabbles in literature, likes to collect a few of us in her drawing-room, but mention a clergyman, a bishop even, nay, the Archbishop himself, and she gobbles like a turkey-cock.
I was working in England years ago, when I thought I'd dabble in the stock market.
Unlike Dr Milson, I am really unemployed with two young children and wondering whether I am alone among the one and half million unemployed who view his dabble into unemployment as not being enlightening or rewarding on any level.