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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dab]
    • /dæb/
    • /dæb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dab]
    • /dæb/

Definitions of dab word

  • noun dab DAB is the transmission of digital stereo over conventional radio channels. DAB is an abbreviation for 'digital audio broadcasting'. 3
  • countable noun dab A dab of something is a small amount of it that is put onto a surface. 3
  • variable noun dab A dab is a small flat fish with rough scales. 3
  • verb dab to touch lightly and quickly 3
  • verb dab to daub with short tapping strokes 3
  • verb dab to apply (paint, cream, etc) with short tapping strokes 3

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Origin of dab

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English dabben; compare Norwegian dabbe “to shuffle along, walk slowly,” German tappen “to feel along, grope”

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Parts of speech for Dab


dab popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for dab

verb dab

  • daub — When you daub a substance such as mud or paint on something, you spread it on that thing in a rough or careless way.
  • smear — to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something: to smear butter on bread.
  • swab — a large mop used on shipboard for cleaning decks, living quarters, etc.
  • wipe — to rub lightly with or on a cloth, towel, paper, the hand, etc., in order to clean or dry the surface of: He wiped the furniture with a damp cloth.
  • smudge — a dirty mark or smear.

noun dab

  • bit — A bit of something is a small part or section of it.
  • blob — A blob of thick or sticky liquid is a small, often round, amount of it.
  • spot — a rounded mark or stain made by foreign matter, as mud, blood, paint, ink, etc.; a blot or speck.
  • dash — If you dash somewhere, you run or go there quickly and suddenly.
  • drop — a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.

Antonyms for dab

noun dab

  • glob — a drop or globule of a liquid.
  • lot — lot (def 14).
  • mass — the celebration of the Eucharist. Compare High Mass, Low Mass.

verb dab

  • splash — to wet or soil by dashing masses or particles of water, mud, or the like; spatter: Don't splash her dress!

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