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dab

noun \ ˈdab \

Definition of dab

1 :a sudden blow or thrust :poke
2 :a small amount
3 :a gentle touch or stroke :pat
4 :daub

Origin and Etymology of dab

Middle English dabbe


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dab

verb

Definition of dab

dabbed; dabbing
transitive verb
1 :to strike or touch lightly :pat
  • dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief
2 :to apply lightly or irregularly :daub
  • dab paint
intransitive verb
:to make a dab

dabber

noun

First Known Use of dab

1562


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dab

noun

Definition of dab

:flatfish; especially :any of several flounders (genus Limanda, especially L. limanda) — compare sand dab

Origin and Etymology of dab

Anglo-French dabbe


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dab

noun

Definition of dab

chiefly British
:a skillful person

Origin and Etymology of dab

origin unknown


DAB

abbreviation

Definition of DAB

Dictionary of American Biography

DAB Defined for English Language Learners

dab

verb

Definition of dab for English Language Learners

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

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


DAB Defined for Kids

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dab

noun \ ˈdab \

Definition of dab for Students

1 :a small amount
  • Add a dab of butter.
2 :a light quick touch

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dab

verb

Definition of dab for Students

dabbed; dabbing
1 :to strike or touch lightly
  • Dabbing at his streaming nose, Filch squinted unpleasantly at Harry …
  • —J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets
2 :to apply with light or uneven strokes She dabbed on more paint.


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