verb (used with object), grabbed, grab·bing.
- to cause a reaction in; affect: How does my idea grab you?
- to arouse the interest or excitement of: The book was O.K., but it just didn't grab me.
verb (used without object), grabbed, grab·bing.
Origin of grab1
Synonyms for grab
Origin of grab2
Related Words for grabgrip, capture, seize, clutch, snag, grasp, take, catch, snatch, nab, land, pluck, corral, nail, hook, grapple, collar, glom
Examples from the Web for grab
Contemporary Examples of grab
The officers approached Garner and tried to grab hold of him, but he swatted their hands away.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
Johnson would tell the grand jury that he never saw Brown stick his hand inside the car and grab the gun.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
With every grab, the idea that law and politics are separate becomes harder for anyone to believe.
What one side tries to take off the table, to turn from “politics” into “law,” the other side is always trying to grab back.
It is unclear if Kerry will be able to grab a bottle or two from the cubby the next time he passes through Moldova.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of grab
I made a grab at the gunwale, and caught it in the stern-sheets.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Bart braced his feet apart and stood ready to grab the beast.Frank Roscoe's Secret
She'll keep stayin' out o' nights till th' fox 'll grab 'er.Southern Lights and Shadows
"Pilot, you will be responsible for this if my prisoners escape," said Mr. Grab menacingly.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
I urged him to grab the other side of the keg several times.
verb grabs, grabbing or grabbed
Word Origin for grab
1580s, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grabben "to grab," from Proto-Germanic *grab (cf. Old English græppian "to seize," Old Saxon garva, Old High German garba "sheaf," literally "that which is gathered up together"), from PIE *ghrebh- "to seize, reach" (cf. Sanskrit grbhnati "seizes," Old Persian grab- "seize" as possession or prisoner, Old Church Slavonic grabiti "to seize, rob," Lithuanian grebiu "to rake"). Sense of "to get by unscrupulous methods" reinforced by grab game, a kind of swindle, attested from 1846. Related: Grabbed; grabbing.
1777, "thing grabbed;" 1824, "act of grabbing," from grab (v.). Up for grabs attested from 1945 in jive talk.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grab
- grab bag
- how does that grab you
- up for grabs