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Dabble (verb active)

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To Da'bble. v.a. [dabbelen, Dutch.] To smear; to daub; to spatter; to besprinkle; to wet.

                              Then came by
A shadow like an angel, with bright hair
Dabbled in blood.
Shakespeare's Richard III.

I scarified, and dabbled the wound with oil of turpentine. Wiseman's Surgery.

Mean while the South, rising with dabbled wings,
A sable cloud athwart the welkin flings.
Swift.

Sources: Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Dabble (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 21, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2705.


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