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dab1

[dab] /dæb/
verb (used with object), dabbed, dabbing.
1.
to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist:
The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief.
2.
to apply (a substance) by light strokes:
He dabbed the ointment on the rash.
3.
to strike, especially lightly, as with the hand.
4.
to consume (cannabis) by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil.
5.
Masonry. to dress (stonework) with a pointed tool.
6.
Western U.S. to throw (a rope or line) in an effort to lasso or catch something:
Joe dabbed his rope on the steer.
verb (used without object), dabbed, dabbing.
7.
to strike lightly; make a dab; pat:
She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
8.
to consume cannabis by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil.
She dabs for a more intense high.
noun
9.
a quick or light blow; a pat, as with the hand or something soft.
10.
a small moist lump or mass:
a dab of butter.
11.
a small quantity:
a dab of powder.
12.
a dose of cannabis extract oil.
13.
a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often performed as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions.
Origin of dab1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English dabben; compare Norwegian dabbe “to shuffle along, walk slowly,” German tappen “to feel along, grope”
Synonyms
10. pat, bit; dollop, smidgen.
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Examples from the Web for dabbed
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  • Charlie took out a chunk of bread, dabbed a spoonful of marmalade on top of it, and gave it to the lad.

  • He dabbed at the cut cheek, then reached back into the case for an instrument.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • She dabbed her eyes hurriedly with her handkerchief and tried to laugh.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • Mrs. Pendyce dabbed the wicker flask on her husband's handkerchief.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Lacey dabbed at him with her gauzy scarf and fussed over him.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • She dabbed her handkerchief at her eyes, muttered: "My Heavens, what a fool!"

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • She dabbed them effectively with the end of her lace handkerchief.

    The Widow Helen Rowland
British Dictionary definitions for dabbed

DAB

abbreviation
1.
digital audio broadcasting

dab1

/dæb/
verb dabs, dabbing, dabbed
1.
to touch lightly and quickly
2.
(transitive) to daub with short tapping strokes: to dab the wall with paint
3.
(transitive) to apply (paint, cream, etc) with short tapping strokes
noun
4.
a small amount, esp of something soft or moist: a dab of ink
5.
a small light stroke or tap, as with the hand
6.
(often pl) (mainly Brit) a slang word for fingerprint
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin

dab2

/dæb/
noun
1.
a small common European brown flatfish, Limanda limanda, covered with rough toothed scales: family Pleuronectidae: a food fish
2.
(often pl) any of various other small flatfish, esp flounders Compare sand dab
3.
Also called patiki. a sand flounder, Rhombosolea plebia, common around New Zealand's South Island
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French dabbe, of uncertain origin

dab3

/dæb/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) See dab hand
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from dab1 (vb)
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Word Origin and History for dabbed

dab

v.

c.1300, dabben "to strike," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative. Modern sense of "strike with a slight, quick pressure" developed by mid-16c., influenced by French dauber (see daub). Related: Dabbed; dabbing. As a noun from c.1300, "heavy blow with a weapon." Dab hand is British slang, 1828, from dab "expert" (1690s), said to be school slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from dab in the "strike lightly" sense.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dabbed

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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