from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A negligible amount: finished the work in dribs and drabs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cut off; chop off.
- v. To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
- v. To entice step by step.
- v. To shoot directly at short range.
- v. To shoot at a mark at short range.
- v. To beat; thrash; drub.
- v. To scold.
- v. To strike another player's marble when playing from the trigger.
- n. A drop.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut off by a little at a time; to crop.
- transitive v. To appropriate unlawfully; to filch; to defalcate.
- transitive v. To lead along step by step; to entice.
- v. To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
- n. A drop.
- n. a small portion or small amount of anything; -- used mostly in the phrase dribs and drabs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut off; chop off. Dekker. Specifically
- To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
- To entice step by step.
- In archery, to shoot directly at short range.
- In archery, to shoot at a mark at short range.
- To dribble; drivel.
- n. A drop; a driblet, or small quantity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)
Perhaps from driblet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From English dialectal drib (compare also drub), a variant from Middle English drepen ("to hit, strike, slay"), from Old English drepan ("to strike, kill, overcome"), from Proto-Germanic *drepanan (“to hit, strike”). More at drub. (Wiktionary)
From a variant of drip. (Wiktionary)