One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thin stream or small drop of liquid.‘driblets of spittle run from her mouth’
drop, dash, bit, spot, soupçon, dribbleView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The page-count also gives manga artists room to unfold their stories, shaking the last driblets of pathos from the often-overripe melodrama.’
- ‘The steamroller would seem to rest too, just sighing little driblets of steam, when the roadmen took their breaks.’
- 1.1 A small or insignificant amount.‘the prisoners were let out in driblets’
very small sum, pittance, trifle, trifling sum, drop in the ocean, insignificant sum, derisory sum, paltry sumView synonyms
- ‘Due to slow driblets of monthly welfare payments to single mothers, there is insufficient food on the table.’
- ‘There is already among the British soldiers an immense vocabulary of slang or colloquialisms, driblets of which reach us now and then.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘small sum of money’): from obsolete drib (see dribble) + -let.
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