[ grab ]
/ græb /

verb (used with object), grabbed, grab·bing.

verb (used without object), grabbed, grab·bing.

to make a grasping or clutching motion (usually followed by at): He grabbed frantically at the life preserver.
(of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion; bind.


Nearby words

  1. gr.,
  2. gr. br.,
  3. gr. wt.,
  4. gr8,
  5. graafian follicle,
  6. grab bag,
  7. grab bar,
  8. grab rope,
  9. grab-bag,
  10. grabber


    up for grabs, Informal. available to anyone willing to expend the energy to get it: The Republican nomination for mayor was up for grabs.

Origin of grab

1580–90; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German grabben, Swedish grabba

Related formsgrab·ba·ble, adjectiveun·grab·bing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for grabbable


/ (ɡræb) /

verb grabs, grabbing or grabbed


Derived Formsgrabber, noun

Word Origin for grab

C16: probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch grabben; related to Swedish grabba, Sanskrit grbhnāti he seizes

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Word Origin and History for grabbable
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Idioms and Phrases with grabbable


In addition to the idiom beginning with grab

  • grab bag

also see:

  • how does that grab you
  • up for grabs
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