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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream; trickle: Water dribbled from the leaky faucet.
  • intransitive v. To let saliva drip from the mouth; drool.
  • intransitive v. Sports To dribble a ball or puck.
  • intransitive v. Sports To advance by dribbling: dribbled down the court.
  • transitive v. To let flow or fall in drops or an unsteady stream.
  • transitive v. Sports To move (a ball or puck) by repeated light bounces or kicks, as in basketball or soccer.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit (a baseball, for example) so that it bounces slowly.
  • n. A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
  • n. A small quantity; a bit.
  • n. Sports The act of dribbling a ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To let saliva drip from the mouth, to drool
  • v. To fall in drops or an unsteady stream, to trickle
  • v. In various ball games, to run with the ball, controlling its path with the feet
  • v. To bounce the ball on the floor with one hand at a time, enabling the player to move with it;
  • v. To advance by dribbling
  • v. to let something fall in drips
  • v. in various ball games, to move the ball, by repeated light kicks
  • n. A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
  • n. A small amount of a liquid.
  • n. In sport, the act of dribbling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drizzling shower; a falling or leaking in drops.
  • n. An act of dribbling{2} a ball.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops.
  • intransitive v. To slaver, as a child or an idiot; to drivel.
  • intransitive v. To fall weakly and slowly.
  • intransitive v. In basketball, football and similar games, to dribble{2} the ball.
  • intransitive v. To live or pass one's time in a trivial fashion.
  • transitive v. To let fall in drops.
  • transitive v. In basketball and various other games, to propel (the ball) by successive slight hits or kicks so as to keep it always in control.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall in drops or small particles, or in a quick succession of drops: as, water dribbles from the eaves.
  • To fall weakly and slowly.
  • To act or think feebly; want vigor or energy.
  • To be of trifling importance.
  • To throw down or let fall in drops or bits.
  • To give out in small portions: often with out.
  • In foot-ball and other games, to give a slight kick or shove to, as the ball, without intending to send it far.
  • To drivel; slaver.
  • n. Any small quantity of dropping or trickling fluid; a dropping or dripping: as, the dribble from the eaves.
  • n. Drizzly or wet weather.
  • n. A variant of drivel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. propel,
  • n. flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
  • n. saliva spilling from the mouth
  • n. the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  • v. let or cause to fall in drops
  • v. let saliva drivel from the mouth
  • v. run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream


Frequentative of obsolete drib, alteration of drip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
drib +‎ -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”) (Wiktionary)



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  • A true dribble, a laborious and diligent servant. --old provincial term from the north of England. Grose's A Provincial Glossary, 1787.

    May 7, 2011