'Dribs and drabs' origin search

As if the thread title didn’t explain: does anyone know the origin of the phrase ‘dribs and drabs’?

I’ve been searching Google on and off this morning but with no luck. Any ideas?
Alex B

That one is a tad convoluted.

There was an archaic word drib which meant to fall in drops or drip. That lead to driblet meaning a small amount or a drop, humans being humans that may be how we got back to dribs meaning a tiny amount (but nobody seems really sure, it may have been a more direct trip). People kept right on being people and dribs had the same second word with different vowel treatment as tit for tat or flim-flam for the sound effect and there you have it, English at its finest :wink:

From here.