• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Drabble To draggle; to wet and befoul by draggling; as, to drabble a gown or cloak.
    • v. i Drabble To fish with a long line and rod; as, to drabble for barbels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • drabble To draggle; make dirty, as by dragging in mud and water; wet and befoul: as, to drabble a gown or a cloak.
    • drabble To fish for barbels with a rod and a long line passed through a piece of lead.
    • n drabble Ragged and dirty people collectively; rabble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Drabble drab′l to besmear with mud and water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
.See Drab Draff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. drivel, dribble; prob. conn. with drab, a low woman.


In literature:

She looked over at his bearish figure, snuff-drabbled waistcoat, and shock of black hair.
"Margret Howth, A Story of To-day" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Dese dam vimmen, dey makes all der drabble!
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
She caught it from him, and held it against her breast, where its blood drabbled her gown and hands.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
Thou dingy, dirty, drabbled, draggled jill!
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
But, with all her temper, neither of them could have spared Mrs. Drabble, she made them so comfortable.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
We shall not go hungry; we grin and we wait, Black-fanged and foam-drabbled, the wolves at the Gate.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, July 14th, 1920" by Various
Drabble, who was killed.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Dangling from a jagged piece of rock half way down the cliff, we found Polly Mathers's coat, torn and drabbled with mud.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
They were all drabbled with seeds and pulp, and some of the little fellows were perfectly soaked.
"The Flight of Pony Baker" by W. D. Howells
Poodles had told his own story after changing his drabbled garments.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

Goa hooam,--tha little drabbled brat,
Tha'll get thi deeath o' cold;
Whear does ta live? Just tell me that,
Befooar aw start to scold.
"That Drabbled Brat" by John Hartley
Anon we return, being gathered again,
Across the sad valleys all drabbled with rain —
Across the grey ridges all crisped and curled —
To join the long dance round the curve of the world.
"Cruisers" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Marie Arana interviews Margaret Drabble .
In more than 40 years of writing, British author Margaret Drabble 's literary instincts rarely have led her to tell a story straight.
ONE hundred years ago, the crossing of Broadway and Seventh Avenue was a drabble of cheap hotels, some doubling as brothels, and a collection of dealers in harnesses and carriages.
That's why book-review editor J. Peder Zane asked 125 writers – everyone from Norman Mailer to Jonathan Franzen to Margaret Drabble – to pick their very favorite books of all time.
The Ice Age by Margaret Drabble Knopf, 295 pp.
Margaret Drabble's memoir takes a powerful, disquieting look at the ways we attempt to stave off depression.
Margaret Drabble's new book, The Pattern in the Carpet, as she explains on the first page, is a cross between a memoir and a history of the jigsaw puzzle.
THE WATERFALL By Margaret Drabble.
Argaret Drabble's latest novel is a difficult, humorless and brilliant book, an unrelenting study in self-discovery.