Definition of dribble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dribble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dribble
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪbl//
     
    he / she / it dribbles
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪblz//
     
    past simple dribbled
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪbld//
     
    past participle dribbled
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪbld//
     
    -ing form dribbling
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪblɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] dribble (something) to let saliva or another liquid come out of your mouth and run down your chin synonym drool
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to fall in small drops or in a thin stream Melted wax dribbled down the side of the candle.
  3. 3[transitive] dribble something (into/over/onto something) to pour something slowly, in drops or a thin stream synonym drizzle, trickle Dribble a little olive oil over the salad.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] dribble (something) (+ adv./prep.) (in football (soccer ) and some other sports) to move the ball along with several short kicks, hits or bounces She dribbled the ball the length of the field. He dribbled past two defenders and scored a magnificent goal. See related entries: Soccer
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: frequentative of obsolete drib, variant of drip. The original sense was ‘shoot an arrow short or wide of its target’, which was also a sense of drib.
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