dabbler


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dabbler - an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
amateur - someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
2.dabbler - any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabblingdabbler - any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

dabbler

noun
One lacking professional skill and ease in a particular pursuit:
Translations

dabbler

[ˈdæbləʳ] N (pej) → aficionado/a m/f (in a) → diletante mf
he's just a dabbleres un simple aficionado, para él es un pasatiempo nada más

dabbler

nAmateur(in) m(f)

dabbler

[ˈdæbləʳ] n (pej) → dilettante m/f
References in classic literature ?
Every ignoramus of a fellow who finds that he hasn't brains in sufficient quantity to make his way as a walking advertiser, or an eye-sore prig, or a salt-and-batter man, thinks, of course, that he'll answer very well as a dabbler of mud.
According to the reports of the most talented gossip-mongers-- those who, in every class of society, are always in haste to explain every event to their neighbours--the young gentleman concerned was of good family--a prince--fairly rich--weak of intellect, but a democrat and a dabbler in the Nihilism of the period, as exposed by Mr.
He had heard of (and written about, nay, falsely pretended to know) Sir Claude Champion, as "one of the brightest and wealthiest of England's Upper Ten"; as the great sportsman who raced yachts round the world; as the great traveller who wrote books about the Himalayas, as the politician who swept constituencies with a startling sort of Tory Democracy, and as the great dabbler in art, music, literature, and, above all, acting.
Hurree Babu replied that he was no more than an inexpert dabbler in the mysteries; but at least - he thanked the Gods therefore - he knew when he sat in the presence of a master.
I would give twenty pistoles if we could fall upon the Cambridge Observatory and crush it, together with the whole lot of dabblers in figures which it contains.
Late-season we like to put away the spinners and turn to on-water motion like this nifty Dabbler which emulates a feeding drake mallard.
As a frequent traveller, businessman and dabbler in politics, I see that many European politicians and companies are jealous of the UK's success and its economic and employment freedoms - those things are hardly unrelated, of course.
Researched and written by Julian Havil, "John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy" is a 296 page biography that provides a detailed examination as a Scottish landowner, his reputation as a dabbler in alchemy, his interests in agriculture, even his involvement with a notorious outlaw.
In the 1840s, a dabbler in silk-making, proud of 47 pounds of cocoons and some precious reeled thread, asked selectmen in Sturbridge to support his endeavors.
Steve Clary, Little Rock real estate developer and dabbler in various other industries, will not go on trial Monday after all.
As a garden dabbler, I'm keenly aware that life is food.