- Rhymes: -æbəl
- (transitive) To wet or dirty, especially by dragging through mud.
- (intransitive) To fish with a long line and rod.
- to drabble for barbels
From a word game in Monty Python's Big Red Book in which the first player to write a novel wins; the UK Science Fiction fandom agreed that 100 words will suffice; not, as is sometimes stated, from the surname of the author Margaret Drabble.
drabble (plural drabbles)
- A short fictional story, typically in fan fiction, sometimes exactly 100 words long.
The "100 words" limit is the original meaning, although in practice (and drabble purists have denounced this extension), it frequently extends up to around 500 words, with a variety of limits used.
- “drabble” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
- “drabble” in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.