Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


1. A tiny falling drop of liquid.
2. A small amount or portion.

[From obsolete drib, to fall in drops, alteration of drip.]
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.


(ˈdrɪblɪt) or


a small quantity or amount, as of liquid
[C17: from obsolete drib to fall bit by bit + -let]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈdrɪb lɪt)

1. a small portion or part, as a drop of liquid.
2. a small or petty sum.
[1590–1600; obsolete drib (v.) (see dribble) + -let]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.driblet - a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)driblet - a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid); "he had a drop too much to drink"; "a drop of each sample was analyzed"; "there is not a drop of pity in that man"; "years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet"--Kipling
tear, teardrop - a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes"
raindrop - a drop of rain
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
droplet - a tiny drop
eyedrop, eye-drop - a drop from an eye dropper
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


A quantity of liquid falling or resting in a spherical mass:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


[ˈdrɪblɪt] Nadarme m
in dribletspor adarmes
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 (= drop)Tropfen m; in dribletskleckerweise (inf); driblets of intelligence began to come throughInformationen fingen an durchzusickern
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
Some minutes before midday the first driblets of metal began to flow; the reservoirs filled little by little; and, by the time that the whole melting was completely accomplished, it was kept in abeyance for a few minutes in order to facilitate the separation of foreign substances.
I have a little money of my own from my mother's estate, which my father sends me by driblets. I won a large sum this winter on the races, and I am beginning to sell my sketches.
Driblets of water trickled from a dilapidated fountain in the middle.
Why, if this bubble hadn't broken now," he said, tearing the letter he had written into fragments and moodily casting them away, by driblets, "how could I have gone abroad?
It is these little driblets, distributed among too many, that do the harm.
Give out by driblets, and never inquire for odds and ends,--it isn't best."
Not blaming me for standing on my own defence against a crew of plunderers, who could suck me dry by driblets? Not blaming me for getting a little hoard together?'
Until then the nose of the chevalier was ever delicate and nice; never had a damp black blotch, nor an amber drop fall from it; but now that nose, smeared with tobacco around the nostrils, degraded by the driblets which took advantage of the natural gutter placed between itself and the upper lip,--that nose, which no longer cared to seem agreeable, revealed the infinite pains which the chevalier had formerly taken with his person, and made observers comprehend, by the extent of its degradation, the greatness and persistence of the man's designs upon Mademoiselle Cormon.
tribal, triable, treble, tabled, table, ribald, rebel, rebate, rabid, librate, liberate, editable, edible, driblet, drab, debt, debit, debater, debate, debar, bridle, bride, bridal, breed, bred, bread, brat, braid, brae, brad, bleed, bled, bleat, blear, blat, blared, blare, blade, biter, bite, bird, bile, bier, bide, betide, betel, beta, beret, berated, berate, belted, belt, belied, belie, belated, beet, beer, beater, beat, beard, bear, beadle, bead, bater, bate, bared, bare, bard, baler, bale, bald, baiter, baited, bait, bail, bade, albeit, abler, able, abide, abet, abed, LIBERATED Wordsquare: R.
The knowledge of the patients about TB: 120 (82.8%) of the patients did know about the TB was infectious via sputum driblet when their knowledge about the disease is inspected.
And out of this culvert a driblet of water slithered and drooled into the staggering malignancy of The Pool.
"When I First Saw Daddy": he was like an Egyptian cat;/skinny, foraging, and stern,/just released form a Vietcong prison./He told us he hated the color red./Sixteen years later,/he wears a red sweatshirt and smiles./The pin tip opening in his heart enough/to let in a driblet of red.