Drib·ble, v. t.
1. To let fall in drops.
Let the cook . . . dribble it all the way upstairs. -- Swift.
2. In basketball and various other games, to propel (the ball) by successive slight hits or kicks so as to keep it always in control.
1. A drizzling shower; a falling or leaking in drops. [Colloq.]
2. An act of dribbling2 a ball.
Drib·ble v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dribbled p. pr. & vb. n. Dribbing ]
1. To fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops; as, water dribbles from the eaves.
2. To slaver, as a child or an idiot; to drivel.
3. To fall weakly and slowly. [Obs.] “The dribbling dart of love.” --Shak. (Meas. for Meas. , i. 3, 2). [Perhaps an error for dribbing.]
4. In basketball, football and similar games, to dribble2 the ball.
5. To live or pass one's time in a trivial fashion.
n 1: flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of
liquid; "there's a drip through the roof" [syn: drip,
2: saliva spilling from the mouth [syn: drool, drivel, slobber]
3: the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks [syn: dribbling]
v 1: run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream;
"water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose";
"reports began to dribble in" [syn: trickle, filter]
2: let or cause to fall in drops; "dribble oil into the
mixture" [syn: drip, drop]
3: propel, "Carry the ball"; "dribble the ball" [syn: carry]
4: let saliva drivel from the mouth; "The baby drooled" [syn: drivel,
drool, slabber, slaver, slobber]