[ UK /dˈæbə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈdæbəɫ/ ]
  1. play in or as if in water, as of small children
  2. dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
  3. work with in an amateurish manner
    He plays around with investments but he never makes any money
    She dabbles in astronomy
  4. bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water
    dabbling ducks
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  • So, she ran round and round the scaffold with the executioner striking at her, and her grey hair bedabbled with blood; and even when they held her down upon the block she moved her head about to the last, resolved to be no party to her own barbarous murder. A Child's History of England
  • Perhaps tools like moviolas might have more efficiently weeded out the dabblers - it's hard to say since moviolas were part of a more elitist type of technology and denied many an opportunity.
  • Looking back over the many extracurricular activities that our children have dabbled in at different stages, nothing has enriched their lives more than music.
  • The coffin was palled with a square of rusty black velvet, whence all the pile had long been worn, and which the soaking rain now helped age to embrown and make flabby; a standard cross was borne by an ecclesiastical official, who had on a quadrangular cap surmounted by a centre tuft; two priests followed, sheltered by umbrellas, their sacerdotal garments dabbled and draggled with mud, and showing thick-shod feet beneath the dingy serge and lawn that flapped above them, as they came along at a smart pace, suggestive of anything but solemnity. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866
  • She dabbled with cosmetic surgery. Times, Sunday Times
  • He first dabbled in politics when he was at law school.
  • Many of the insanities start in this fashion; and all such practices, instead of being encouraged, should be discouraged; and all experienced and intelligent students of psychical research warn those who "dabble" in the subject against the repeated and promiscuous indulgence in such practices -- because of the dangerous, even disastrous, effects upon the mind, in many instances. The Problems of Psychical Research Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal
  • The stab at rock stardom, the attempt at talk-show hosting, the game show his brother Mark unapologetically called "dopey," all those dabbles are in the past. John McEnroe's Next Frontier: Home
  • Gadwalls forage mainly while swimming, either taking items from the surface or dabbling in shallow water, or diving, which they are more likely to do than most other dabblers.
  • But she also dabbled in a lot of drugs. Times, Sunday Times
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