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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 and Etymology of dab

Middle English dabbe


First Known Use: 14th century


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dab

verb

Definition of dab

dabbed

dabbing

  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

dabber

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 and Etymology 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 and Etymology of dab

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1691


DAB

abbreviation

Definition of DAB

  1. Dictionary of American Biography


DAB Defined for English Language Learners


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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

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noun \ˈdab\

Definition of dab for Students

  1. 1 :  a small amount <Add a dab of butter.>

  2. 2 :  a light quick touch


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dab

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verb

Definition of dab for Students

dabbed

dabbing

  1. 1 :  to strike or touch lightly <Dabbing at his streaming nose, Filch squinted unpleasantly at Harry … — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>

  2. 2 :  to apply with light or uneven strokes <She dabbed on more paint.>



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