verb \ˈnab\

: to catch and stop or arrest (someone)

: to take or get (something) quickly and often in a way that is clever or rude


Full Definition of NAB

transitive verb
:  to catch or seize in arrest :  apprehend
:  to seize suddenly

Examples of NAB

  1. We nabbed seats in the front row of the theater.
  2. <the officer nabbed the purse snatcher before he could escape>

Origin of NAB

perhaps alteration of English dialect nap
First Known Use: 1686

Rhymes with NAB


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