dibbling

dibble

[dib-uhl]
noun
1.
Also, dibber [dib-er] . 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:
1325–75; late Middle English, perhaps akin to dib

dibbler, noun
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dibble1 (ˈdɪbəl)
 
n
1.  Also called (esp Brit): dibber a small hand tool used to make holes in the ground for planting or transplanting bulbs, seeds, or roots
 
vb
2.  to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
3.  to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble
 
[C15: of obscure origin]
 
'dibbler1
 
n

dibble2 (ˈdɪbəl)
 
vb
1.  a variant of dib
2.  a less common word for dabble

dibble3 (ˈdɪbəl)
 
n
slang (Brit) a policeman
 
[C20: allusion to the police officer of that name in the children's animated cartoon Top Cat]

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dibble
"to make a hole in the soil (as to plant seeds)," 1580s, probably from M.E. dibben, probably akin to dip. The noun meaning a tool to do this is attested from mid-15c.
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