[ 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
Related formsnab·ber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nabber
/ (næb) /
verb nabs, nabbing or nabbed (tr) informal
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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