• WordNet 3.6
    • n dabbler any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling
    • n dabbler an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dabbler One who dabbles.
    • Dabbler One who dips slightly into anything; a superficial meddler. "our dabblers in politics."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dabbler One who dabbles or plays in water, or as in water.
    • n dabbler One who dabbles in or dips slightly into some pursuit, business, or study; a superficial worker or thinker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dabbler one who does things superficially
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. of Dab.


In literature:

Apollo was a dabbler in music beside me.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
He was no dabbler in infamy, but one who loved infamous things for their own sake.
"Figures of Several Centuries" by Arthur Symons
I'm a dabbler, really.
"Subspace Survivors" by E. E. Smith
"The Violin" by George Hart
If I were a writer instead of a mere dabbler in paints I'd dedicate my first book to you.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Indolence and adventure charm the dabblers, as industry absorbs the engineers.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
A dabbler in commissions, in fact, rather than a buyer and seller of diamonds in quantities on his own account.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
Surely, the United is something greater than a superficial fraternal order composed of mediocre and unambitious dabblers.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The mother of AEschines, he says, was a kind of 'wise woman,' and dabbler in mysteries.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
Joe hated Raymond Copley with all the contempt that an old sportsman has for an ignorant dabbler in the great game.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White

In news:

SEATTLE — Microsoft is escalating its war against Linux, the free operating system begun as a hobby of Internet dabblers but increasingly the darling of bankers, retailers and Hollywood special effects wizards.
Affair Dabbler Star Dabbler Saint Ballado.
The Beer Dabbler is giving the Twin Cities a new reason to growl.
Catherine Breton is "the dabbler" behind this alluring Loire Valley label.
In his 23 years, Teddy Geiger has been known as a singer-songwriter, a dabbler in the trombone and drum, a bassist and pianist and an occasional actor.
Best for the ski 'dabbler,' there are beginner classes (in the 'Never Ever Area') and free equipment rentals ( snowboards not available) with your stay.
In his 23 years, Teddy Geiger has been known as a singer- songwriter , a dabbler in the trombone and drum, a bassist and pianist and an occasional actor.