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drabble

[drab-uh l] /ˈdræb əl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), drabbled, drabbling.
1.
to draggle; make or become wet and dirty.
Origin of drabble
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English drabelen < Middle Low German drabbeln to wade in liquid mud, bespatter, equivalent to drabbe liquid mud + -eln frequentative v. suffix; see drab2, draff

Drabble

[drab-uh l] /ˈdræb əl/
noun
1.
Margaret, born 1939, English novelist.
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  • The drabble had a reason, or at least an excuse, for being on the spot.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • He merely stated what he meant to do to the drabble when he met him again.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • He was not a policeman, and if the drabble wished to get into the lock-up, it was not his business.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • The drabble glanced at Cleg to make out if he meant to sell him to justice.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • But, with all her temper, neither of them could have spared Mrs. drabble, she made them so comfortable.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The drabble was found trying to steal collars off a clothes-line at the back of Arthur Street.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • The completeness of this threat might have intimidated the drabble, but he was on the safe side of the wall, and only laughed.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • He grew to hate his boots and his mended clothes, in his great desire to get at the drabble.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • There was a wall between Cleg and the drabble, a wall with a place for your toes.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • To the original sin with regard to the bed of the Kavannahs, the drabble had now added many actual transgressions.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for drabble

drabble

/ˈdræbəl/
verb
1.
to make or become wet or dirty
Word Origin
C14: from Low German drabbelen to paddle in mud; related to drab²

Drabble

/ˈdræbəl/
noun
1.
Dame Margaret. born 1939, British novelist and editor. Her novels include The Needle's Eye (1972), The Radiant Way (1987), and The Seven Sisters (2002). She edited the 1985 edition of the Oxford Companion to Literature
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