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.
- (transitive) To cut off; chop off.
- (transitive) To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
- (transitive) To entice step by step.
- With daily lies she dribs thee into cost.
- To appropriate unlawfully; to embezzle.
- He who drives their bargain dribs a part.
- (transitive, archery) To shoot directly at short range.
- (intransitive, archery) To shoot at a mark at short range.
- (transitive, archery) To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Philip Sidney to this entry?)
- (transitive, now chiefly UK dialectal) To beat; thrash; drub.
- (transitive, now chiefly UK dialectal) To scold.
- (transitive, now chiefly UK dialectal, marbles) To strike another player's marble when playing from the trigger.
From a variant of drip.
drib (plural dribs)