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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dabdæb(v.; n.)dabbed, dab•bing

  1. (v.t.)to pat or tap gently:

    I dabbed my eyes with a handkerchief.

  2. to apply (a substance) by light strokes.

  3. to strike, esp. lightly.

  4. (v.i.)to strike lightly; make a dab; pat:

    She dabbed at the stain on her dress.

  5. (n.)a quick or light pat, as with something soft.

  6. a small lump or quantity:

    a dab of powder.

Origin of dab:

1250–1300; cf. Norw dabbe shuffle along, G tappen grope



  1. any of several flatfishes of the genus Limanda, esp. the European flatfish

    L. limanda.

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of dab:

1570–80; of obscure orig.


  1. Dictionary of American Biography.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tap, pat, dab(noun)

    a light touch or stroke

  2. dab, splash, splatter(verb)

    a small quantity of something moist or liquid

    "a dab of paint"; "a splatter of mud"; "just a splash of whiskey"

  3. dab, swab, swob(verb)

    apply (usually a liquid) to a surface

    "dab the wall with paint"

  4. dab, pat(verb)

    hit lightly

    "pat him on the shoulder"


  1. dab(Noun)

    One skilful or proficient, an expert, an adept.

  2. dab(Noun)

    A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limandauFF1B flounder.

  3. Origin: From dabbe, from possibly imitative.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dab(noun)

    a skillful hand; a dabster; an expert

  2. Dab(noun)

    a name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides

  3. Dab(verb)

    to strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber

  4. Dab(verb)

    to strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust

  5. Dab(noun)

    a gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck

  6. Dab(noun)

    a small mass of anything soft or moist

Anagrams of dab

  1. bad

  2. BDA

  3. ABD

  4. ADB

  5. dba, DBA, D.B.A.

Translations for dab

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small lump of anything soft or moist

a dab of butter.

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