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

Definitions of dabbed word

  • verb with object dabbed to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist: The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief. 1
  • verb with object dabbed to apply (a substance) by light strokes: He dabbed the ointment on the rash. 1
  • verb with object dabbed to strike, especially lightly, as with the hand. 1
  • verb with object dabbed to consume (cannabis) by inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis extract oil. 1
  • verb with object dabbed Masonry. to dress (stonework) with a pointed tool. 1
  • verb with object dabbed Western U.S. to throw (a rope or line) in an effort to lasso or catch something: Joe dabbed his rope on the steer. 1

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Origin of dabbed

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 Dabbed


dabbed 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".

dabbed usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for dabbed

noun dabbed

  • bitted — Also called bollard. a strong post of wood or iron projecting, usually in pairs, above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.
  • spotted — Radio, Television. pertaining to the point of origin of a local broadcast. broadcast between announced programs.
  • dashed — made up of dashes: a dashed line down the middle of the road.
  • patted — to strike lightly or gently with something flat, as with a paddle or the palm of the hand, usually in order to flatten, smooth, or shape: to pat dough into flat pastry forms.
  • daubed — to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud: to daub a canvas with paint; to daub stone walls with mud.

verb dabbed

  • wiped — 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.
  • applied — An applied subject of study has a practical use, rather than being concerned only with theory.
  • smeared — to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something: to smear butter on bread.
  • bedaubed — Simple past tense and past participle of bedaub.
  • besmeared — to smear all over; bedaub.

Antonyms for dabbed

noun dabbed

  • massed — a body of coherent matter, usually of indefinite shape and often of considerable size: a mass of dough.

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