Meaning of dribs and drabs in English:

dribs and drabs

Pronunciation /drɪbz (ə)n ˈdrabz/

Translate dribs and drabs into Spanish

plural noun

informal in dribs and drabs
  • In small scattered or sporadic amounts.

    • ‘more folk followed in dribs and drabs’
    • ‘These cuts are being announced in dribs and drabs to disguise the biggest cutbacks since the grim days of the 1980s.’
    • ‘Our warm-ups are properly organised, and get everyone totally prepared, whereas other teams tend to turn up in dribs and drabs.’
    • ‘As the little ones crowded in dribs and drabs around the ‘project officers’ in the Physics room to solve the puzzles, it had an electric effect on the waiting crowd too as they became elated at the results.’
    • ‘As to the balance, the remaining 20 per cent, which are a much smaller market of products, they will be removed in dribs and drabs over the next few months, certainly prior to March next year.’
    • ‘I prefer to do my confessing in dribs and drabs, sharing little pieces of my life right here every week, although I'm not always aware I'm even doing it.’
    • ‘It always comes in dribs and drabs but there are clear signs of a shortage this year.’
    • ‘The first big wave came from Germany and arrived in dribs and drabs, while the Vikings - blond and notoriously bad-tempered - preferred to travel in longships.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the dancers were emerging in dribs and drabs.’
    • ‘Does the whole ‘gallery’ concept become somewhat worthless if I start showing you pictures in dribs and drabs within the body of the weblog?’
    • ‘I generally buy a bunch of stuff on Sundays that I expect to use during the week, but I always end up stocking up in dribs and drabs during the week.’
    • ‘That statement went out in dribs and drabs overnight and the Times and the Post have stories on it on their websites today.’
    • ‘Companies have been able to outsource because it's been in dribs and drabs, a few thousand jobs here and there.’
    • ‘But in dribs and drabs most of those picked up have been granted refugee status and allowed to stay.’
    • ‘Presently the place began to fill up in dribs and drabs.’
    • ‘Slowly the truth came out - never cleanly, but in dribs and drabs.’
    • ‘The islands we live on had been known as Britain for a long time before the English even arrived here in dribs and drabs sometime in the fifth or sixth century.’
    • ‘That's not a job that can be done in dribs and drabs, though.’
    • ‘But they are happening in dribs and drabs, so you don't see the whole picture.’
    • ‘They arrive in dribs and drabs, and Alexander pins them down immediately.’
    • ‘Our man is checking the literature, and feeding his findings to us in dribs and drabs.’


Mid 19th century from obsolete drib (see dribble) and drab (by reduplication).