Dab"ble (?), v. t. [imp.&p.p Dabbled (?); p.pr.&vb.n. Dabbling (?).] [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.]

To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet.

"Bright hair dabbled in blood."



Dabb"le, v. i.


To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water.

Wher the duck dabbles mid the rustling sedge. Wordsworth.


To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle.
"Dabbling here and there with the text."


During the ferst year at Dumfries, Burns for the ferst time began to dabble in politics. J. C. Shairp.

© Webster 1913.

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