dab

3
[ dab ]
/ dæb /
Slang.

noun

Also called dab hand. a person skilled in something; an expert.
an excellent or extraordinary person or thing.

adjective

expert; excellent; extraordinary.

QUIZZES

This Word Of The Day Quiz Is Far From Thersitical
Have you mastered the meaning of phronesis? How about plethoric? Take the quiz on the words from the week of February 17 to 23 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
Lincolnesque

Origin of dab

3
First recorded in 1685–95; of uncertain origin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for dab hand (1 of 5)

dab hand

noun

British informal a person who is particularly skilled at something; experta dab hand at chess

British Dictionary definitions for dab hand (2 of 5)

DAB

abbreviation for

digital audio broadcasting

British Dictionary definitions for dab hand (3 of 5)

dab1
/ (dæb) /

verb dabs, dabbing or dabbed

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

noun

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

Word Origin for dab

C14: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for dab hand (4 of 5)

dab2
/ (dæb) /

noun

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

Word Origin for dab

C15: from Anglo-French dabbe, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for dab hand (5 of 5)

dab3
/ (dæb) /

noun

British informal See dab hand

Word Origin for dab

C17: perhaps from dab 1 (vb)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012