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definition of the word drabble

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Middle English drabelan

Infinitive
to drabble

Third person singular
drabbles

Simple past
drabbled

Past participle
drabbled

Present participle
drabbling

to drabble (third-person singular simple present drabbles, present participle drabbling, simple past and past participle drabbled)

  1. (transitive) To wet or dirty, especially by dragging through mud.

From a word game in Monty Python's Big Red Book in which the first player to write a novel wins; the UK Science Fiction fandom agreed that 100 words will suffice; not, as is sometimes stated, from the surname of the author Margaret Drabble

Singular
drabble

Plural
drabbles

drabble (plural drabbles)

  1. A fictional story, typically in fanfiction, that is exactly 100 words long.
  2. A fictional story, typically in fanfiction, only a few hundred words long.

The "100 words" limit is the original meaning, although in practice (and drabble purists have denounced this extension), it frequently extends up to around 500 words, with a variety of limits used.

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