dabble

You dabble when you are a little bit involved in an activity, such as an art form or a hobby. Maybe you only dabble in mystery novels, but you are very knowledgeable about comic books.

The word dabble can also often relate to water. It can mean “to splash playfully,” or “to get just a little wet.” A bird can also dabble in water by dipping its bill into it. Each of these meanings of dabble is often followed by the word in. For example, a duck may dabble in the water (and then dribble a few drops afterward from its bill), and you may dabble in shrubbery art.

Primary Meanings of dabble

1.
v
bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water
2.
v
work with in an amateurish manner
Full Definitions of dabble
1

v bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water

dabbling ducks”
Type of:
bob
move up and down repeatedly

v dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid

Type of:
dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

v play in or as if in water, as of small children

Synonyms:
paddle, splash around
Type of:
play
be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
2

v work with in an amateurish manner

“She dabbles in astronomy”
Synonyms:
play around, smatter
Type of:
busy, occupy
keep busy with

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