American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A negligible amount: finished the work in dribs and drabs.
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.
- v. transitive To cut off; chop off.
- v. transitive To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
- v. transitive To entice step by step.
- v. transitive, archery To shoot directly at short range.
- v. intransitive, archery To shoot at a mark at short range.
- v. transitive To beat; thrash; drub.
- v. transitive To scold.
- v. transitive To strike another player's marble when playing from the trigger.
- n. obsolete A drop.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut off by a little at a time; to crop.
- v. To appropriate unlawfully; to filch; to defalcate.
- v. To lead along step by step; to entice.
- v. (Archery), obsolete To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
- n. obsolete A drop.
- n. a small portion or small amount of anything; -- used mostly in the phrase
dribs and drabs.
- n. a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)
- From a variant of drip. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from driblet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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