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dab

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noun \ˈdab\

Definition of dab

  1. 1 :  a sudden blow or thrust :  poke

  2. 2 :  a small amount

  3. 3 :  a gentle touch or stroke :  pat

  4. 4 :  daub



Origin of dab

Middle English dabbe


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with dab


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dab

verb

Simple Definition of dab

  • : to lightly touch (something) usually with quick, small motions

  • : to put something on something with quick, small motions

Full Definition of dab

dabbeddab·bing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or touch lightly :  pat <dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief>

  3. 2 :  to apply lightly or irregularly :  daub <dab paint>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a dab

dab·ber noun

1562

First Known Use of dab

1562


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dab

noun

Definition of dab

  1. :  flatfish; especially :  any of several flounders (genus Limanda, especially L. limanda)

  1. compare sand dab



Origin of dab

Anglo-French dabbe


First Known Use: 15th century


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dab

noun

Definition of dab

chiefly British

  1. :  a skillful person



Origin of dab

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1691


DAB

abbreviation

Definition of DAB

  1. Dictionary of American Biography





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