dribble Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “dribble” in the English Dictionary

"dribble" in British English

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dribbleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈdrɪb.l̩/

dribble verb [I or T] (FLOW SLOWLY)

to (​cause a ​liquid to) ​flow very ​slowly in ​smallamounts: The ​water was ​barely dribbling out of the ​tap.UK Dribble the ​remainingoliveoil over the ​tomatoes.

dribble verb [I or T] (FROM MOUTH)

UK to have ​liquidslowly coming out of ​yourmouth: Babies dribble ​constantly.

dribble verb [I or T] (MOVE BALL)

in ​football or hockey, to ​move a ​ball along the ​ground with ​repeatedsmallkicks or ​hits, or (in basketball) to ​move a ​ball by ​repeatedlyhitting it against the ​floor with ​yourhand: He dribbled the ​ball and then ​shot. His ​speedallows him to ​easily dribble past ​defenders.
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
He's a good dribbler.
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/


uk   us   /ˈdrɪb.l̩/

dribble noun (FROM MOUTH)

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

dribble noun (SLOW FLOW)

[C or U] a very ​slowflow 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 ​repeatedkicks or, in basketball, when a ​ball is ​moved by ​repeatedlyhitting it against the ​floor with ​yourhand: Brinkworth's ​attempted dribble through the Milan ​defence was ​stopped by Ponti's ​tackle.
(Definition of dribble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dribble" in American English

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 us   /ˈdrɪb·əl/

dribble verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] to move or ​happenslowly in ​smallamounts or a few at a ​time: Customers dribbled in and out all ​day. [I] When a ​liquid dribbles, it ​escapesslowly in ​smalldrops: Juice dribbled down the baby’s ​chin.

dribble verb (MOVE BALL)

[I/T] in ​basketball, to move a ​ball by using ​yourhand to ​bounce it against the ​ground, or in ​soccer by ​kicking it ​repeatedly

dribblenoun [C]

 us   /ˈdrɪb·əl/

dribble noun [C] (SMALL FLOW)

a ​smallflow, esp. of ​liquid: Water ​leaked from the ​tank in dribbles.

dribble noun [C] (MOVING A BALL)

in ​basketball or ​soccer, the ​act of ​moving a ​ball by ​bouncing or ​kicking it: He took one dribble and then ​passed the ​ball.
(Definition of dribble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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