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  • IPA(key): /dæb/
  • Rhymes: -æb

Etymology 1

From Middle English dabben (to strike), perhaps ultimately imitative. Comparable with Middle Dutch dabben (to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble) (Dutch dabben ((of a horse) to stamp with the forelegs)), Dutch deppen (to dab), possibly German tappen (to fumble, grope).

The noun is from Middle English dabbe (a strike, blow), from the verb. Related to tap. Compare also drub, dub.

African-American sense of “playful box” perhaps influenced by dap (fistbump).


dab (third-person singular simple present dabs, present participle dabbing, simple past and past participle dabbed)

  1. (transitive) To press lightly in a repetitive motion with a soft object without rubbing.
  2. (transitive) To apply a substance in this way.
  3. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
    • 1532-1533, Thomas More, The Confutation of Tyndale's Answer
      to dabbe him in the necke
  4. (slang) To apply hash oil to a heated surface for the purpose of efficient combustion.
  5. (dance, intransitive) To perform the dab dance move, by moving both arms to one side of the body parallel with your head.
    • 2019, Stormzy, Vossi Bop
      Look, my brothas don't dab, we just vossi bop


dab (plural dabs)

  1. A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow.
  2. (African-American Vernacular) A soft, playful box given in greeting or approval.
    Coordinate terms: dap, fist bump, high five
    • page 197: I step closer to Profit and draw in a deep, steadying breath while the brothers exchange dabs. “What's up, fam? I see you finally made it.”
  3. A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance.
    Synonym: blob
    1. (slang) A small amount of hash oil.
  4. (chiefly in the plural, dated, Britain) Fingerprint.
  5. (dance) A hip hop dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm, briefly resting their face in the elbow, as if sneezing into their elbow.
Related terms
  • dap
  • dob
  • tap


dab (not comparable)

  1. With a dab, or sudden contact.

See also

  • daub

Etymology 2

Perhaps corrupted from adept.


dab (plural dabs)

  1. One skilful or proficient; an expert; an adept.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:skilled person
    • c. 1759-1770?, Oliver Goldsmith, Essay
      One excels at a plan or the title page, another works away at the body of the book, and the third is a dab at an index.
Derived terms
  • dab hand
  • dabster

Etymology 3

Late Middle English dabbe, of unknown origin; perhaps related to sense 1 (to press against lightly) as in "a soft mass dabbed down."


dab (plural dabs)

  1. A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limanda; a flounder.
  2. (US) A sand dab, a small flatfish of genus Citharichthys.

Etymology 4

Back slang for bad.


dab (comparative more dab, superlative most dab)

  1. (obsolete, costermongers) Bad.
    Synonym: trosseno
    Antonyms: doog, doogheno


Further reading

  • dab on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • dab (dance) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Oxford English Dictionary (1989)
  • dab at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • ABD, ADB, Abd., BDA, D.B.A., DBA, abd., bad, d/b/a, dba



Borrowed from English dab.


  • IPA(key): /dɛp/
  • Hyphenation: dab
  • Rhymes: -ɛp


dab m (uncountable)

  1. (dance) The dab (hip-hop dance move).

Related terms

  • dabben



From Arabic ذَابَ(ḏāba).


  • IPA(key): /daːp/


dab (imperfect jdub, verbal noun dewbien)

  1. (intransitive) to melt (become liquid, especially through warmth)




  1. Romanization of 𒁳 (dab)

White Hmong


  • IPA(key): /da˥/



  1. (evil) spirit, considered responsible for epileptic attacks among other things

Derived terms

  • qaug dab peg


  • Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)


Alternative forms

  • dap


From Middle English dabben.



  1. dash, slap


  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith

Source: wiktionary.org
  • to touch lightly.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)