- 1nab somebody to catch or arrest somebody who is doing something wrong synonym collar He was nabbed by the police for speeding.
- 2nab something to take or get something Who's nabbed my drink? Word Origin late 17th cent. (also as napp; compare with kidnap): of unknown origin.
BrE BrE//næb//; NAmE NAmE//næb//(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nab
BrE BrE//næb//; NAmE NAmE//næb//he / she / it nabs
BrE BrE//næbz//; NAmE NAmE//næbz//past simple nabbed
BrE BrE//næbd//; NAmE NAmE//næbd//past participle nabbed
BrE BrE//næbd//; NAmE NAmE//næbd//-ing form nabbing
BrE BrE//ˈnæbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæbɪŋ//