Etymology
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dribble (v.)

1580s, "let fall in drops or bits;" 1590s (intransitive) "fall in drops or small particles," frequentative of obsolete verb drib (1520s), a variant of drip (v.). The sports sense "give the ball a slight shove or bounce" first was used in soccer (1863), the basketball sense is by 1892 (implied in dribbling). Related: Dribbled. As a noun from 1670s.

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Definitions of dribble
1
dribble (v.)
run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream;
reports began to dribble in
Synonyms: trickle / filter
dribble (v.)
let or cause to fall in drops;
dribble oil into the mixture
Synonyms: drip / drop
dribble (v.)
propel;
dribble the ball
Synonyms: carry
dribble (v.)
let saliva drivel from the mouth;
Synonyms: drivel / drool / slabber / slaver / slobber
2
dribble (n.)
flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid;
Synonyms: drip / trickle
dribble (n.)
saliva spilling from the mouth;
Synonyms: drool / drivel / slobber
dribble (n.)
the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks;
Synonyms: dribbling
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