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



    BrE BrE//dæb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæb//
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  1. 1a small amount of a liquid, cream or powder that is put on a surface in a quick gentle movement She put a dab of perfume behind her ears.
  2. 2an act of gently touching or pressing something without rubbing He gave the cut a quick dab with a towel.
  3. 3 a small flat fish See related entries: Fish
  4. 4(Welsh English) a person or thing He's in hospital again. Poor dab.
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Middle English: symbolic of a light striking movement; compare with dabble. noun sense 3 late Middle English: of unknown origin.
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