dabble

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From dab

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dabble (third-person singular simple present dabbles, present participle dabbling, simple past and past participle dabbled)

  1. (transitive) To partially wet (something) by splashing or dipping; connotes playfulness.
    The children sat on the dock and dabbled their feet in the water.
  2. (intransitive) To participate or have an interest in an activity, but in a causal or superficial way.
    She's an actress by trade, but has been known to dabble in poetry.

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