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Etymology 1Edit

From dialectal English drib (compare also drub), a variant from Middle English drepen (to hit, strike, slay), from Old English drepan (to strike, kill, overcome), from Proto-Germanic *drepaną (to hit, strike). More at drub.


drib (third-person singular simple present dribs, present participle dribbing, simple past and past participle dribbed)

  1. (transitive) To cut off; chop off.
  2. (transitive) To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
  3. (transitive) To entice step by step.
    • Dryden
      With daily lies she dribs thee into cost.
  4. To appropriate unlawfully; to embezzle.
    • Dryden
      He who drives their bargain dribs a part.
  5. (transitive, archery) To shoot directly at short range.
  6. (intransitive, archery) To shoot at a mark at short range.
  7. (transitive, archery) To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      Not at first sight, nor with a dribbèd shot, / Love gave the wound [...] (Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 2)
  8. (transitive, now chiefly Britain dialectal) To beat; thrash; drub.
  9. (transitive, now chiefly Britain dialectal) To scold.
  10. (transitive, now chiefly Britain dialectal, marbles) To strike another player's marble when playing from the trigger.

Etymology 2Edit

From a variant of drip.


drib (plural dribs)

  1. (obsolete) A drop.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
Derived termsEdit