- 1 [no object and usually with adverbial of direction] (Of a liquid) fall slowly in drops or a thin stream: rain dribbled down the windowMore example sentences
- These appear wherever water dribbled or dripped in ancient times, adding a touch of the exotic to this already mysterious and silent place.
- The water dribbled down his chin to fall across his boyish chest.
- Water dribbles down the paddles and soaks your T-shirt.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Pour (a liquid) slowly in a thin stream: he dribbled cream into his coffeeMore example sentences
- Blend together for a few seconds, then very slowly dribble the oil through the feeder tube - drop by drop to begin with.
- She then proceeds to dribble hot liquids, smear sticky things or leave trails of crumbs - whatever seems most appropriate to the fouling of the surface in question.
- As essential oils were dribbled onto my third eye, I felt I was participating in an ancient rite, not some modern holistic ritual.
- 1.2 [no object] Allow saliva to run from the mouth: his mouth was open and he was dribblingMore example sentences
- Stripes snaked down his body, yellowy eyes stared back at both warriors, orange fur bristled in the heat, and sharp canines dribbled with saliva.
- His mouth dribbled at the thought of the human food; though it lacked the piquancy of live prey, it had strangely appetizing flavours.
- And, for a number of babies, this can make them a little irritable, more inclined to wake up crying at night, more liable to drool and dribble, and need more soothing and comfort.
- 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] (In soccer, hockey, and basketball) take (the ball) forwards past opponents with slight touches of the feet or the stick, or (in basketball) by continuous bouncing: he attempted to dribble the ball from the goal areaMore example sentences
- He had to use a hockey stick to dribble a ball round some cones.
- That, of course, was exactly my plan, and I pushed past him, dribbling the ball down the field before scoring after many failed attempts at stealing the ball on his part.
- Charging past him, she dribbled the ball with one hand, to get a shot in at the three-point line.
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- 1A thin stream of liquid; a trickle: a dribble of bloodMore example sentences
- Once an emulsion has begun to form, you can increase the dribble to a thin, slow stream.
- With thick dribbles of paint streaming down the canvases, a certain symmetry is achieved.
- A dribble of blood trickled from the corner of his mouth as he fought to find enough force to speak.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Saliva running from the mouth: there was dribble down his chinMore example sentences
- With a stretch, a yawn and a scratch, he adjusted his position and returned to sleep, a spot of dribble suspended from his mouth.
- I had a bit of a snooze and woke up with dribble all down my shirt.
- Man, where are the tissues when you need them - there was dribble everywhere.
- 2(In soccer, hockey, and basketball) an act of taking the ball forward with repeated slight touches or bounces: a mesmerizing dribble by Daley took him through to confirm Villa’s victoryMore example sentences
- He is taking the ball to the basket aggressively and making plays off the dribble for his teammates.
- While he makes certain rookie ball-handling mistakes, he also shows a low dribble and ball control that lets him get to the hoop against tough defense.
- He's an awesome athlete, knows how to play above the rim, and can take any Power Forward off the dribble.
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- He gets you on the edge of your seat - everyone likes to see dribblers.
- But this was not a day which encouraged the dribblers.
- The reason you refuse to wear a necktie is because you're a dribbler.
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- Of course, no baby, no matter how cute and dribbly, is going to be able to turn up at the polling station with their card clutched in a tiny tight fist and be allowed to vote.
- A later attempt to daub another quotation ended up a dribbly mess.
- You know, if I'm like this now what it's going to be like when I'm old and dribbly?
mid 16th century: frequentative of obsolete drib, variant of drip. The original sense was 'shoot an arrow short or wide of its target', which was also a sense of drib.