1. Also dib·ber [dib-er] /ˈdɪb ər/. a small, handheld, pointed implement for making holes in soil for planting seedlings, bulbs, etc.

verb (used with object), dib·bled, dib·bling.

  1. to make a hole (in the ground) with or as if with a dibble.
  2. to set (plants) in holes made with a dibble.

verb (used without object), dib·bled, dib·bling.

  1. to work with a dibble.


  1. Also called (esp Brit): dibber (ˈdɪbə) a small hand tool used to make holes in the ground for planting or transplanting bulbs, seeds, or roots


  1. to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
  2. to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble

verb (intr)

  1. a variant of dib
  2. a less common word for dabble


  1. British slang a policeman

“tool to make a hole in the soil (as to plant seeds),” mid-15c., probably from Middle English dibben (perhaps akin to dip) + instrumental suffix -le. The verb is from 1580s. Related: Dibbled; dibbling.

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