—v.i. 1. to play and splash in or as if in water, esp. with the hands.
2. to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature. 3. (of a duck) to feed on shallow-water vegetation with rapid, splashing movements of the bill.
—v.t. 1. to wet slightly in or with a liquid; splash; spatter.
2. Chiefly South Midland U.S.to wash or rinse off lightly.