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

     

    dabble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdæbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dabble
    BrE BrE//ˈdæbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæbl//
     
    he / she / it dabbles
    BrE BrE//ˈdæblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæblz//
     
    past simple dabbled
    BrE BrE//ˈdæbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæbld//
     
    past participle dabbled
    BrE BrE//ˈdæbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæbld//
     
    -ing form dabbling
    BrE BrE//ˈdæblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] dabble (in/with something) to take part in a sport, an activity, etc. but not very seriously She is a talented musician but is content to just dabble. He dabbles in local politics.
  2. 2[transitive] dabble something (in something) to move your hands, feet, etc. around in water She dabbled her toes in the stream.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from obsolete Dutch dabbelen, or a frequentative of the verb dab.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dabble