Definition of dab verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dab

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dæb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæb//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dab
    BrE BrE//dæb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæb//
     
    he / she / it dabs
    BrE BrE//dæbz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæbz//
     
    past simple dabbed
    BrE BrE//dæbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæbd//
     
    past participle dabbed
    BrE BrE//dæbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæbd//
     
    -ing form dabbing
    BrE BrE//ˈdæbɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæbɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2dab something + adv./prep. to put something on a surface with quick light movements She dabbed a little perfume behind her ears.
  3. Word Originverb Middle English: symbolic of a light striking movement; compare with dabble.
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