verb (used with object), tabbed, tab·bing.

to furnish or ornament with a tab or tabs.
to name or designate.

verb (used without object), tabbed, tab·bing.

to operate the tab function on a typewriter or computer.

Nearby words

  1. ta-ta,
  2. ta`izz,
  3. taal,
  4. taanith esther,
  5. taata,
  6. tab-hang,
  7. tab.,
  8. tabacco,
  9. tabagie,
  10. tabanid


    keep tabs/tab on, Informal. to keep an account of; check on; observe: The police kept tabs on the suspect's activities.

Origin of tab

1600–10; most senses of unknown origin;in def 7 short for tabulator; in def 10 short for tableau; in defs 4, 15 short for table Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tabbed

British Dictionary definitions for tabbed




a small flap of material, esp one on a garment for decoration or for fastening to a button
any similar flap, such as a piece of paper attached to a file for identification
a small auxiliary aerofoil on the trailing edge of a rudder, aileron, or elevator, etc, to assist in the control of the aircraft in flightSee also trim tab
British military the insignia on the collar of a staff officer
mainly US and Canadian a bill, esp one for a meal or drinks
Scot and Northern English dialect a cigarette
keep tabs on informal to keep a watchful eye on

verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed

(tr) to supply (files, clothing, etc) with a tab or tabs

Word Origin for tab

C17: of unknown origin




short for tabulator, tablet
slang a portion of a drug, esp LSD or ecstasy


abbreviation for

typhoid-paratyphoid A and B (vaccine)
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Word Origin and History for tabbed
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Idioms and Phrases with tabbed


see keep tabs on.

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