see also: DAB
Pronunciation Verb

dab (dabs, present participle dabbing; past and past participle dabbed)

  1. (transitive) To press lightly in a repetitive motion with a soft object without rubbing.
    I dabbed my face with a towel.
    • A sore should […] be wiped […] only by dabbing it over with fine lint.
  2. (transitive) To apply a substance in this way.
    He dabbed moisturizing liquid on his face.
  3. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
    • to dab him in the neck
  4. (slang) To apply hash oil to a heated surface for the purpose of efficient combustion.
  5. (dance, intransitive) To perform the dab dance move, by moving both arms to one side of the body parallel with your head.
    • 2019, Stormzy, Vossi Bop
      Look, my brothas don't dab, we just vossi bop
Translations Translations Noun

dab (plural dabs)

  1. A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow.
  2. (AAVE) A soft, playful box#Etymology 3|box given in greeting or approval.
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    • page 197: I step closer to Profit and draw in a deep, steadying breath while the brothers exchange dabs. “What's up, fam? I see you finally made it.”
  3. A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance.
    Synonyms: blob
    a dab of glue
    1. (slang) A small amount of hash oil.
  4. (chiefly, in the plural, dated, British) Fingerprint.
  5. (dance) A hip hop dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm, briefly resting their face in the elbow, as if sneezing into their elbow.
Related terms Adverb

dab (not comparable)

  1. With a dab, or sudden contact.

dab (plural dabs)

  1. One skilful or proficient; an expert; an adept.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:skilled person
    • One excels at a plan or the title page, another works away at the body of the book, and the third is a dab at an index.

dab (plural dabs)

  1. A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limanda; a flounder.
  2. (US) A sand dab, a small flatfish of genus Citharichthys.


  1. (obsolete, costers) Bad.
    Synonyms: trosseno
    Antonyms: doog, doogheno

  1. Initialism of digital audio broadcasting.
Proper noun
  1. Initialism of Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong} (a pro-Beijing political party in the HKSAR)

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