nab

[ nab ]
/ næb /

verb (used with object), nabbed, nab·bing. Informal.

to arrest or capture.
to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
to snatch or steal.

Nearby words

  1. naacp,
  2. naafi,
  3. naaman,
  4. naan,
  5. naartjie,
  6. nabal,
  7. nabalitic,
  8. nabataea,
  9. nabataean,
  10. nabe

Origin of nab

1675–85; earlier nap; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish nappe, Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch

Related formsnab·ber, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for nabbed

nab

/ (næb) /

verb nabs, nabbing or nabbed (tr) informal

to arrest
to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
to seize suddenly; snatch

Word Origin for nab

C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish nappe, Swedish nappa to snatch. See kidnap

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Word Origin and History for nabbed

nab

v.

"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.

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