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.

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Origin of nab

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

OTHER WORDS FROM nab

nab·ber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nabber

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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