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AB 4AN 2
BA 4NA 2

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nab anb nba bna abn ban

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Definitions and meaning of nab



  • IPA(key): /næb/
  • Rhymes: -æb

Etymology 1

From dialectal nap (to seize, lay hold of), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Swedish nappa (to pluck, pinch).

Related to Danish nappe (to tweak, snatch at, catch, seize), Swedish nappa (to take, grab, pinch), Norwegian nappe (to pluck).

Alternative forms

  • knab


nab (third-person singular simple present nabs, present participle nabbing, simple past and past participle nabbed)

  1. (informal, transitive) To seize, arrest or take into custody (a criminal or fugitive).
    • 1887, Anna Katharine Green, 7 to 12, A Detective Story, G. P. Putnam's Sons, page 2:
      As I was going out of the door, a fellow detective came hurriedly in. "Nabbed them," cried he.
  2. (informal, transitive) To grab or snatch something.
  • (arrest a criminal or fugitive): nick, bust
Derived terms
  • nabber
  • kidnap

Etymology 2

Compare knap, knop, knob.


nab (plural nabs)

  1. The summit of an eminence.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  2. The cock of a gunlock.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  3. (locksmithing) The keeper, or box into which the lock is shot.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)


  • Douglas Harper, “nab”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.


  • ABN, BAN, BNA, Ban, NBA, ban

Northern Kurdish



  1. pure

Southeastern Tepehuan


Cognate with Northern Tepehuan návoi, O'odham nav, Central Tarahumara napó, Mayo naabo, Hopi naavu.



  1. prickly pear cactus (clarification of this definition is needed)

Derived terms

  • nab junmaꞌn


  • R. de Willett, Elizabeth, et al., Diccionario tepehuano de Santa María Ocotán, Durango (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 48)‎[2] (in Spanish), electronic edition, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., 2016, page 132

White Hmong


From Proto-Hmong-Mien *ʔnaŋ (snake). Cognate with Iu Mien naang.


  • IPA(key): /na˥/



  1. snake.
  2. worm.

Derived terms

  • cua nab (earthworm)
  • ntses nab (eel)
  • nab qa (lizard)


  • Heimbach, Ernest E., White Hmong — English Dictionary[3], SEAP Publications, 1979, →ISBN.

  • to seize.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)