Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


v. drib·bled, drib·bling, drib·bles
1. To flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream; trickle: Water dribbled from the leaky faucet.
2. To let saliva drip from the mouth; drool.
3. Sports
a. To move a ball or puck by repeated light bounces or kicks, as in basketball or soccer.
b. To advance by dribbling: dribbled down the court.
1. To let flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream.
2. Sports
a. To move (a ball or puck) by dribbling.
b. To hit (a baseball, for example) so that it bounces slowly and low to the ground.
1. A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
2. A small quantity; a bit.
3. Sports The act of dribbling a ball.

[Frequentative of obsolete drib, alteration of drip.]

drib′bler n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Soccer) sport
a. the act of propelling the ball with repeated kicks, taps, etc
b. (as modifier): dribbling practice.
2. (Basketball) sport
a. the act of propelling the ball with repeated kicks, taps, etc
b. (as modifier): dribbling practice.
3. (Hockey (Field & Ice)) sport
a. the act of propelling the ball with repeated kicks, taps, etc
b. (as modifier): dribbling practice.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


Trying to beat opponents by running with the ball at the feet.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dribbling - the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicksdribbling - the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
actuation, propulsion - the act of propelling
association football, soccer - a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
double dribble - an illegal dribble in basketball (the player uses both hands to dribble or the player starts to dribble a second time after coming to a stop)
basketball, basketball game, hoops - a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
At first it came dribbling in by rail in trucks, till the thaw set in; and then fast, in a multitude of barges, with a great rush of unbound waters.
Trumbull was to have the gold-headed cane and fifty pounds; the other second cousins and the cousins present were each to have the like handsome sum, which, as the saturnine cousin observed, was a sort of legacy that left a man nowhere; and there was much more of such offensive dribbling in favor of persons not present-- problematical, and, it was to be feared, low connections.
He smashed heads in pitched battles at Homestead, regular wholesale head-breaker he was, held up the suckers for a few hundred million, and now he goes around dribbling it back to them.
Whether it's passing, or tackling, or dribbling, there's no one to touch him, and then, he's got the head, and can hold us all together.
This, in essence, suggests that generic team style has a significant influence on what centre-backs have to cope with in terms of dribbling situations materialising.
Go For Gold targets simul dribbling record !-- -- (The Philippine Star) - June 29, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines Go For Gold Philippines is ready to show the world what the Filipino basketball community is capable of achieving when it attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people dribbling simultaneously.
The two entities will jointly hold an event that will attempt to break Guinness World Record for most people dribbling basketballs simultaneously on July 21 at Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
The winner, from Germany, was invited to watch the match at the Allianz Arena from the Qatar Airways lounge and was given the opportunity to test their dribbling skills at half-time alongside Bayern legend Ivica Olic.
@gifdsports tweeted the footage of Smith dribbling away with "CLASSIC JR SMITH LOLOLOLOL" as the caption.
"He has this amazing dribbling ability, and defenders are scared of it.
Salah exceeded expectations this season with a key component to his success being his dribbling ability that has wreaked havoc on opposition defenders.
Bit-part player but Traore still tops one table Middlesbrough remain the most successful dribbling team in the Championship with 234 successful dribbles (12.4 per game).