Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
dab: cf. OD.
To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet.“Bright hair dabbled in blood.”
To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water.
Where the duck
dabbles’mid the rustling sedge.
To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle.“Dabbling here and there with the text.”
During the first year at Dumfries, Burns for the first time began to
J. C. Shairp.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To play in water; to dip the hands, throw water and splash about; to play in mud and water.
2.To do any thing in a slight or superficial manner; to tamper; to touch here and there.
You have, I think, been dabbling with the text. Atterbury.
3.To meddle; to dip into a concern.