To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet.
- To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold” ( Katherine Mansfield).
- To splash liquid gently and playfully.
- To undertake something superficially or without serious intent: "The restaurant business entails more than . . . dabbling in interior design” ( Andy Birsh).
- To bob forward and under in shallow water so as to feed off the bottom.