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dibble

[dib-uh l] /ˈdɪb əl/
noun
1.
Also, dibber
[dib-er] /ˈdɪb ər/ (Show IPA)
. a small, hand-held, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.
verb (used with object), dibbled, dibbling.
2.
to make a hole (in the ground) with or as if with a dibble.
3.
to set (plants) in holes made with a dibble.
verb (used without object), dibbled, dibbling.
4.
to work with a dibble.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; late Middle English, perhaps akin to dib
Related forms
dibbler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dibber

dibble1

/ˈdɪbəl/
noun
1.
Also called (esp Brit) dibber (ˈdɪbə). a small hand tool used to make holes in the ground for planting or transplanting bulbs, seeds, or roots
verb
2.
to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
3.
to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble
Derived Forms
dibbler, noun
Word Origin
C15: of obscure origin

dibble2

/ˈdɪbəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
a variant of dib
2.
a less common word for dabble

dibble3

/ˈdɪbəl/
noun
1.
(Brit, slang) a policeman
Word Origin
C20: allusion to the police officer of that name in the children's animated cartoon Top Cat
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Word Origin and History for dibber

dibble

n.

"tool to make a hole in the soil (as to plant seeds)," mid-15c., probably from Middle English dibben (perhaps akin to dip) + instrumental suffix -le. The verb is from 1580s. Related: Dibbled; dibbling.

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