Usage examples for dabbler

  1. Attracted by the fame of Canalis, also by the prospect of political interest, and advised thereto by Madame d'Espard, who acted in the matter for the Duchesse de Chaulieu, a young lawyer of the court of Claims became secretary and confidential friend of the poet, who welcomed and petted him very much as a broker caresses his first dabbler in the funds. – Modeste Mignon by Honore de Balzac
  2. She was little, a very little blue, rather a dabbler in the " ologies," than a real disciple. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  3. He is likewise something of a dabbler at reviewing novels, but they must be largely sprinkled with murders, and have plots strong enough to carry anything but the clergy. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  4. The keenest brain, if trained on some specialized line, will fail to understand what to the dabbler in many lines seems perfectly natural and reasonable. – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  5. There were times when this philanthropic dabbler in politics was irritating. – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  6. He was a dabbler now, with- as Heine said of de Musset- a fine future behind him, and none but an artist can tell the bitterness of that self- knowledge. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. As a dabbler in mines he had been out of his element. – The Right of Way, Volume 3. by Gilbert Parker
  8. The Irish archbishop, compared to him, appears a dabbler in Romanism. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  9. And yet the dabbler in psychology finds a good deal to indicate the poet's impression that the " subconscious" is shaping his verse. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  10. Then the mystery of their coming was clear to me, and the superior gentleman at the Castle Inn had been the fashionable dabbler in arts and letters and architecture of Strawberry Hill, of whom I remembered having heard Dr. Courtenay speak, Horace Walpole. – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  11. It is the doubter, the unsure, the aimless, the dabbler, the frivolous, the dilettante, the uncertain that worry. – Quit Your Worrying! by George Wharton James
  12. An essay on the Humbug, by a dabbler in natural history. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  13. And the painter- fellow, Hamish, the woman- man, the dabbler- would he be in the boat behind us? – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  14. I was a mere dabbler in moral toxicology when I heard your first lecture, and, I assure you, I was struck by your knowledge. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  15. So that on the evening I speak of at Shady Hill it was as a slim and shaken vessel of the feeling that one stood there- of the feeling in the first place diffused, public and universal, and in the second place all unfathomably, undemonstrably, unassistedly and, as it were, unrewardedly, proper to one's self as an already groping and fumbling, already dreaming and yearning dabbler in the mystery, the creative, that of comedy, tragedy, evocation, representation, erect and concrete before us there as in a sublimity of mastership. – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James
  16. You're a dabbler and a failure. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  17. The patent- medicine business, however, represented merely one of his wide- ranging interests; he was also a co- owner of vessels plying the Great Lakes, a publisher, and a dabbler in such occult arts as Mesmerism, Phrenology, and Morse's theory of the electric telegraph. – History of the Comstock Patent Medicine Business and Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills by Robert B. Shaw
  18. Whom among us dost thou think that thou canst knock down as easily as yon poor dabbler in the art, Pietrino? – The-Bravo-of-Venice-a-romance by Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory)