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v. dab·bled, dab·bling, dab·bles
To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold" (Katherine Mansfield).
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.]
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|Noun||1.||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 dabbling|
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
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dabbler[ˈdæbləʳ] N (pej) → aficionado/a m/f (in a) → diletante mf
he's just a dabbler → es un simple aficionado, para él es un pasatiempo nada más
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
n → Amateur(in) m(f)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
dabbler[ˈdæbləʳ] n (pej) → dilettante m/f
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