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dabbing

[dab-ing] /ˈdæb ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the consumption of cannabis by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil:
Experts agree that dabbing is more addictive than smoking.
2.
Also called dabbin' [dab-in] /ˈdæb ɪn/ (Show IPA). the act of performing 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 as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions.
Origin of dabbing
2000-2005
2000-05; dab1 (in the sense “to consume cannabis by inhaling heated extract oil”for def 1; in the sense “a dance step” for def 2) + -ing1

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
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 dabbing
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • What did she want to keep on dabbing at her mouth with her handkerchief for!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • If you loved him, Fanny—' Fanny had stopped the dabbing hand, and was looking at her fixedly.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • "Oh, just another fellow who lived in Rome," he replied, dabbing away.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • Her eyes were wet and she was dabbing at them with a lace handkerchief.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "You didn't call me names," dabbing away with a small handkerchief.

British Dictionary definitions for dabbing

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 dabbing

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dabbing

dab

Related Terms

smack

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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