- to arrest or capture.
- to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
- to snatch or steal.
Origin of nab
- Also N.A.B. National Association of Broadcasters.
- New American Bible.
Examples from the Web for nab
It took British authorities years to nab Altaf Hussain, the infamous Pakistani cult/party leader.Altaf Hussain Finally Arrested in London; Can His MQM Be Neutralized?
June 3, 2014
This is not the first time the site has been willing to dole out big bucks to nab public figures.YouPorn’s French Publicity Stunt
February 21, 2014
I know how hard it is to even try and nab Bill for an interview—going through his lawyer, etc.—so how did you corral him?Sofia Coppola Discusses ‘Lost in Translation’ on Its 10th Anniversary
September 12, 2013
There were plenty of armed and uniformed posse members helping out or looking for unauthorized immigrants to nab.Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Send Armed Posses to Protect Schools
Terry Greene Sterling
January 9, 2013
Police hope to catch the attacker by using the same science that allowed them to nab the suspected ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer.Hunt for L.A.’s ‘Teardrop Rapist’ May Hinge on Familial DNA Testing
June 30, 2012
At all events, I don't mean to let the 'coppers' nab me this time.The Fat and the Thin
Oh, I do hope that the constables get here in time to nab Mr. Fits.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
We'll probably beat you to Skiddyunk, but if we don't, nab 'em if they get on.Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
So, all I had to do was to wait and nab 'em when they came ashore.Cabbages and Kings
We've got to find where that is and get the secret service men there in time to nab them.The Secret Wireless
Lewis E. Theiss
- to arrest
- to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
- to seize suddenly; snatch
Word Origin and History for nab
"to catch (someone)," 1680s, probably a variant of dialectal nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1670s, now surviving only in kidnap), which possibly is from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nappe, Swedish nappa "to catch, snatch;" Danish nappe "to pinch, pull"); reinforced by Middle English napand "grasping, greedy." Related: Nabbed; nabbing.