Definition of driblet in English:



  • 1A thin stream or small drop of liquid.

    ‘driblets of spittle run from her mouth’
    • ‘The steamroller would seem to rest too, just sighing little driblets of steam, when the roadmen took their breaks.’
    • ‘The page-count also gives manga artists room to unfold their stories, shaking the last driblets of pathos from the often-overripe melodrama.’
    • ‘They increased their first driblets of ‘aid’ only when it became clear that people all over the world were spontaneously giving millions and a public relations problem beckoned.’
    • ‘And, if you're feeling extra decadent, then adding a few driblets of essential oil will also give you a natural aromatherapy bath.’
    1. 1.1A small or insignificant amount.
      ‘the prisoners were let out in driblets’
      • ‘There is already among the British soldiers an immense vocabulary of slang or colloquialisms, driblets of which reach us now and then.’
      • ‘Due to slow driblets of monthly welfare payments to single mothers, there is insufficient food on the table.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘small sum of money’): from obsolete drib (see dribble)+ -let.