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dabble




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dabble
     1. v. To make slightly wet or soiled by spattering or sprinkling a liquid (such as water, mud, or paint) on it; to bedabble.
     2. v. To cause splashing by moving a body part like a bill or limb in soft mud, water, etc., often playfully; to play in shallow water; to paddle.
           The children sat on the dock and dabbled their feet in the water.
     3. v. (intransitive) To participate or have an interest in an activity in a casual or superficial way.
           She’s an actress by trade, but has been known to dabble in poetry.
     4. v. (intransitive, obsolete) To interfere or meddle in; to tamper with.
     5. n. A spattering or sprinkling of a liquid.
     6. n. An act of splashing in soft mud, water, etc.
     7. n. An act of participation in an activity in a casual or superficial way.

Example Sentences

I just dabble, get some thoughts down on paper. 
I know I should have been a systems analyst like all those pale, bespectacled kids from junior high, but no, I had to dabble in the liberal arts! 

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