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1. dabbler, dilettante, sciolist

an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

2. dabbler, dabbling duck

any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of dabbler
to dip, move, or splash (the fingers, feet, etc) in a liquid
2. (intr; usually foll by in, with, or at)
to deal (with) or work (at) frivolously or superficially; play (at)
3. (transitive)
to daub, mottle, splash, or smear
his face was dabbled with paint

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈdabbled or ˈdabbling
to dip lightly in and out of a liquid
to wet by dipping, splashing, or sprinkling
verb intransitive
to play in water, as with the hands
to do something superficially, not seriously
with in or at
to dabble in art

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v. dab·bled, dab·bling, dab·bles
v. tr.
1. To splash or dip repeatedly in a liquid: The children dabbled their feet in the pool.
2. Archaic To splash or spatter with drops of a liquid: “Then came wand'ring by / A shadow like an angel, with bright hair / Dabbled in blood” (William Shakespeare).
v. intr.
1. To splash liquid gently and playfully.
2. To undertake something superficially or without serious intent: “The restaurant business entails more than … dabbling in interior design” (Andy Birsh).
3. To feed by moving the bill back and forth just below the surface or on the bottom in shallow water. Used of ducks.

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