- to arrest or capture.
- to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
- to snatch or steal.
Origin of nab
Examples from the Web for nabbed
And yet, she nabbed a Best Supporting Actress nomination over the one and only Oprah.15 Golden Globe Snubs and Surprises: No Oprah, No Jon Hamm, and More
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
December 12, 2013
According to the Los Angeles Times, he was nabbed by store security after they saw him place a pair of headphones down his pants.The Venice Beach Menace’s Troubled Past
Christine Pelisek, Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 6, 2013
His was one of 11 nominations for Homeland, which also nabbed a supporting actress nod for Morena Baccarin.Emmy Nomination Surprises and Snubs: ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Orphan Black,’ and More
July 18, 2013
[Style.com] Kate Upton's New Vogue Cred: Kate Upton has nabbed another Vogue cover.Kim Kardashian Finally Gets Noticed By Vogue; Rick Owens's Eurovision Performance
The Fashion Beast Team
June 28, 2013
Red Sox centerfield Johnny Pesky nabbed the relay, double-clutched the ball, and threw late to the plate.The Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Baseball Book
May 8, 2013
Nero must have slipped in, nabbed the fish, and brought it to our house.
He's nabbed three of the Birdsall gang and is away now after Burleigh.Warrior Gap
Good Lord, man, you'll get nabbed if you speed up like this within limits.Red Pepper Burns
Grace S. Richmond
It is quite on the cards that we should find that the police have nabbed him.Linda Tressel
He nabbed the first passer-by and asked him to point out Dr. Fitzhugh.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
- to arrest
- to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
- to seize suddenly; snatch
Word Origin and History for nabbed
"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.