dribble vs drivel : Common Errors in English

About dribble vs drivel

“Dribble” and “drivel” originally meant the same thing: drool. But the two words have become differentiated. When you mean to criticize someone else’s speech as stupid or pointless, the word you want is “drivel.”

dribble Meaning(s)

  • (n) flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
  • (n) saliva spilling from the mouth
  • (n) the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  • (v) run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  • (v) let or cause to fall in drops
  • (v) propel,
  • (v) let saliva drivel from the mouth

drivel Meaning(s)

  • (n) a worthless message
  • (n) saliva spilling from the mouth
  • (v) let saliva drivel from the mouth

dribble in News

  1. Saugus native Allen Williamson prepares for a pro basketball future a continent away

    Ten years ago, Allen Williamson was your typical Saugus kid signing up and playing in the Town Team Basketball League. Williamson learned to dribble, shoot, defend and develop as a team player on the Belmonte Middle School and Saugus High School courts. He was also often seen honing his hoop skills on the outdoor court at the Oaklandvale School in pickup games.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Saugus Advertiser

  2. Saliva proteins may protect older people from influenza

    Spit. Drool. Dribble. Saliva is not normally a topic of polite conversation, but it may be the key to explaining the age and sex bias exhibited by influenza and other diseases, according to a new study. Research, it provides new insights into why older people were better able to fight off the new strains of "bird" flu and "swine" flu than younger people.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  3. Athletes leave Ironwood Ridge basketball camp in better shape

    Having to dribble two basketballs at the same time proved to be a challenge for most of the third through fifth grade boys and girls who attended the first week of the Ironwood Ridge High School baske
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Explorer News

drivel in News

  1. Rumor Roundup: Pre-WWDC jitters

    The Rumor Roundup comes early this week in anticipation of Apple's forthcoming WWDC keynote, AKA Christmas in June for Apple geeks, AKA the cue for thousands of idiot pundits to hit "publish" on their pre-drafted "Apple is DOOMED" drivel. Before I tear into this week's typically dumb rumors, let's do a brief mini-roundup of what's expected at WWDC. What we will see iOS 7 A preview of the next ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

  2. Too stupid even for WUWT, eventually [Stoat]

    An interesting little saga. WUWT had a post up as An interesting issue with ice core data. That’s a link to the webcitation, beacuse as of now the post has been removed from WUWT, on the grounds that it was utter drivel. Which is correct – it was. Pretty well the whole thing was error,…
    on June 7, 2013 Source: ScienceBlogs

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