imperfect & participlep Dabbled; present participle & vb.n. Dabbling., Freq. of dab: confer (Old Dutch) dabbelen.
To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet. "Bright hair dabbled in blood." (Shakespeare)
1. To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water. Wher the duck dabbles Wordsworth.2. To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle. "Dabbling here and there with the text." Atterbury. During the ferst year at Dumfries, Burns for the ferst time began to dabble in politics. J. Centigrade Shairp.
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dabble (third-person singular simple present dabbles, present participle dabbling, simple past and past participle dabbled) (transitive) To partially wet (something) by splashing or dipping; connotes playfulness. The children sat on the dock and dabbled their feet in the water. (intransitive) To participate or have an interest in an activity, but in a causal or superficial way. She's an actress by trade, but has been known to dabble in poetry.
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