- the consumption of cannabis by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil: Experts agree that dabbing is more addictive than smoking.
- Also called dab·bin' [dab-in] /ˈdæb ɪn/. 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
- to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist: The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief.
- to apply (a substance) by light strokes: He dabbed the ointment on the rash.
- to strike, especially lightly, as with the hand.
- to consume (cannabis) by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil.
- Masonry. to dress (stonework) with a pointed tool.
- Western U.S. to throw (a rope or line) in an effort to lasso or catch something: Joe dabbed his rope on the steer.
- to strike lightly; make a dab; pat: She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
- to consume cannabis by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil. She dabs for a more intense high.
- a quick or light blow; a pat, as with the hand or something soft.
- a small moist lump or mass: a dab of butter.
- a small quantity: a dab of powder.
- a dose of cannabis extract oil.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for dabbing
Patrons eat their cannoli slowly and deliberately, dabbing the powdered sugar on their plates with licked fingers.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
Then McDonald sang, note-clear and strong, “Smile,” and the dabbing of eyes and sniffs increased.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
Dabbing wax on the coil or using hash oil on the wick also works.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
We set to our task with a deliberate gentleness, dabbing with cloths, cotton, swabs.Inside a Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman
February 5, 2013
My sister's a model," Viggiano said, dabbing sweat from his brow, "and she says the process is very similar.Hot Dogs!
February 16, 2010
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
"Oh, just another fellow who lived in Rome," he replied, dabbing away.The Golden Age
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.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- digital audio broadcasting
- to touch lightly and quickly
- (tr) to daub with short tapping strokesto dab the wall with paint
- (tr) to apply (paint, cream, etc) with short tapping strokes
- a small amount, esp of something soft or moista dab of ink
- a small light stroke or tap, as with the hand
- (often plural) mainly British a slang word for fingerprint
- a small common European brown flatfish, Limanda limanda, covered with rough toothed scales: family Pleuronectidae: a food fish
- (often plural) any of various other small flatfish, esp floundersCompare sand dab
- Also called: patiki a sand flounder, Rhombosolea plebia, common around New Zealand's South Island
- British informal See dab hand
Word Origin and History for dabbing
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.