- 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. Word Originverb Middle English: symbolic of a light striking movement; compare with dabble.
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//