[ US /ˈdæbəɫd/ ]
[ UK /dˈæbə‍ld/ ]
  1. covered with bright patches (often used in combination)
    a blood-spattered room
    kitchen walls splattered with grease
    gardens splashed with color
    waves dabbled with moonlight
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How To Use dabbled In A Sentence

  • 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
  • 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.
  • But she also dabbled in a lot of drugs. Times, Sunday Times
  • Mystified I adjusted my position so I could see, and dabbled an experimental finger or two in the tank.
  • There she dabbled in painting, played the piano and the harp. Times, Sunday Times
  • After graduation he dabbled at politics for some time and then quitted it in disgust.
  • My brother was ‘a naughty boy’ and dabbled with drugs, nothing grotesquely bad, just uppers and downers, but we think one day he got carried away and accidentally took too many of one sort or the other.
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