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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [nab]
    • /næb/
    • /næb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nab]
    • /næb/

Definitions of nabbed word

  • verb with object nabbed to arrest or capture. 1
  • verb with object nabbed to catch or seize, especially suddenly. 1
  • verb with object nabbed to snatch or steal. 1
  • noun nabbed Catch (someone) doing something wrong. 0

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Origin of nabbed

First appearance:

before 1675
One of the 48% oldest English words
1675-85; earlier nap; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish nappe, Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch

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Parts of speech for Nabbed


nabbed popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

nabbed usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for nabbed

verb nabbed

  • stole — simple past tense of steal.
  • lifted — to move or bring (something) upward from the ground or other support to a higher position; hoist.
  • pinched — to squeeze or compress between the finger and thumb, the teeth, the jaws of an instrument, or the like.
  • seized — to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
  • apprehended — Simple past tense and past participle of apprehend.

noun nabbed

  • gaffed — an iron hook with a handle for landing large fish.
  • glommed — Simple past tense and past participle of glom.
  • busted — caught out doing something wrong and therefore in trouble

Antonyms for nabbed

verb nabbed

  • freed — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
  • gave — simple past tense of give.
  • liberated — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  • lost — no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.
  • misunderstood — improperly understood or interpreted.

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