Meaning of “dribble” in the English Dictionary

"dribble" in British English

See all translations

dribbleverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈdrɪb.əl/ us /ˈdrɪb.əl/

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.
UK Dribble the remaining olive oil over the tomatoes.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈdrɪb.əl.ər/ us /ˈdrɪb.əl.ɚ/

He's a good dribbler.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdrɪb.əl.ɪŋ/ us /ˈdrɪb.əl.ɪŋ/


uk /ˈdrɪb.əl/ us /ˈdrɪb.əl/

(Definition of “dribble” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dribble" in American English

See all translations


us /ˈdrɪb·əl/

dribble verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[ I ] to move or happen slowly in small amounts or a few at a time:

Customers dribbled in and out all day.

[ I ] When a liquid dribbles, it escapes slowly in small drops:

Juice dribbled down the baby’s chin.

dribble verb (MOVE BALL)

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

dribblenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdrɪb·əl/

dribble noun [ C ] (SMALL FLOW)

a small flow, 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)