- 1to touch something lightly, usually several times dab something She dabbed her eyes and blew her nose. dab at something He dabbed at the cut with his handkerchief.
- 2dab something + adv./prep. to put something on a surface with quick light movements She dabbed a little perfume behind her ears.
NAmE//dæb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dab
he / she / it dabs
past simple dabbed
-ing form dabbing