Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dribble”

dribble

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈdrɪb.l̩/ us  

dribble verb [I or T] (FLOW SLOWLY)

to (cause a liquid to) flow very slowly in small amounts: The water was barely dribbling out of the tap. Dribble the remaining olive oil over the tomatoes.

dribble verb [I or T] (FROM MOUTH)

to have liquid slowly coming out of your mouth: Babies dribble constantly.

dribble verb [I or T] (MOVE BALL)

in football or hockey, to move a ball along the ground with repeated small kicks or hits, or (in basketball) to move a ball by repeatedly hitting it against the floor with your hand: He dribbled the ball to the edge of the pitch. His speed allows him to easily dribble past defenders.
dribbler
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //
He's a good dribbler.
dribbling
noun [U] uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  

dribble

noun uk   /ˈdrɪb.l̩/ us  

dribble noun (FROM MOUTH)

[C or U] liquid that comes out of your mouth: There was dribble all over her chin. a dribble of saliva

dribble noun (SLOW FLOW)

[C or U] a very slow flow of a liquid: The flow of water was reduced to a dribble.

dribble noun (MOVE BALL)

[C] in football, when a ball is moved along the ground with repeated kicks or, in basketball, when a ball is moved by repeatedly hitting it against the floor with your hand: Brinkworth's attempted dribble through the Milan defence was stopped by Ponti's tackle.
(Definition of dribble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dribble?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “dribble”

Definitions of “dribble” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More