from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dibble.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An instrument for dibbling; a dibble, or a tool having a series of dibbles or teeth for making holes in the ground.
  • noun An iron tool with a sharp-pointed end of steel, or the pointed end of a claw-bar, used by miners and others for making holes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dibble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a tool with a handle on one end and a point on the other, used in the garden to poke holes in preparation for planting seeds, bulbs, etc. Also known as a dibble.
  • noun one who dibs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wooden hand tool with a pointed end; used to make holes in the ground for planting seeds or bulbs


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of dibble.]



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  • Catching up the wooden dibber in his free hand he poked out fiercely an uneven line of holes in the newly turned earth of the grave.

    - Aidan Higgins, Langrishe, Go Down

    August 28, 2008

  • Dibber has a specialised meaning within the sport of Orienteering. It refers to a small electronic device strapped to the bottom joint of a finger such that it protrudes about 3cm when the finger is bent. This is introduced into a timing box to record when a competitor has reached one of the controls (which explains the extension from the gardening tool). The box exchanges timing information with the dibber. At the end of the course the competitor downloads the contents of the dibber and gets the time taken for the course and for all the intermediate legs.

    The verb from this is 'to dib'

    Citation (from instructions to beginners):

    "Now you are on your own, free to choose your own route from control marker to control marker. The control description sheet will help you find the control once you are close. Don't forget to record your time at each control with the dibber.

    At the finish, you need to dib again. Either close by or back in the car park there will be a tent with the computer equipment. Here you will dib again to download your times into the results system, and return your hired dibber."


    June 29, 2009