Dab Definition

dăb
dabbed, dabbing, dabs
verb
dabbed, dabbing, dabs
To apply with short poking strokes.
Dabbed some paint on the worn spots.
American Heritage
To touch or stroke lightly and quickly.
Webster's New World
To pat with something soft or moist.
Webster's New World
To put on (paint, etc.) with light, quick strokes.
Webster's New World
To press (something) lightly against an object or surface.
Dabbed a napkin to her lips.
American Heritage
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noun
dabs
A light, quick stroke; tap; pat.
Webster's New World
A small, soft or moist bit of something.
A dab of lip gloss.
Webster's New World
Any small flatfish.
Webster's New World
Any of several flounders (esp. Limanda proboscidea) of coastal waters.
Webster's New World
An expert; dab hand.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
massglob
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abbreviation
Dictionary of American Biography.
Webster's New World
Digital audio broadcasting.
Wiktionary
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (a pro-Beijing political party in the HKSAR)
Wiktionary
adverb

With a dab, or sudden contact.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Dab

Noun

Singular:
dab
Plural:
dabs

Origin of Dab

  • From Middle English dabben (“to strike”), cognate with Middle Dutch dabben (“to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble”) (Dutch dabben (“(of a horse) to stamp with the forelegs”)), Dutch deppen (“to dab”), German tappen (“to fumble, grope”). The noun is from Middle English dabbe (“a strike, blow”), from the verb. Related to tap.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English dabben to strike

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps corrupted from adept.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English dabbe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary

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