Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a light touch or stroke
  2. (noun, quantity) a small quantity of something moist or liquid
    a splatter of mud
    just a splash of whiskey
  3. (verb, contact) hit lightly
  4. (verb, contact) apply (usually a liquid) to a surface

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Synonyms of Dab

pat, splash, splatter, swab, swob, tap

Alternate forms of Dab

Derivations: dab

Hypernyms: apply, put on, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, strike, touch, touching

Origin of the word Dab

  1. c.1300, "heavy blow with a weapon," from dabben "to strike," perhaps imitative. Modern sense of "strike with a slight, quick pressure" developed by 1590s, infl. by Fr. dauber (see daub). Dab hand is British slang, 1828, from dab "expert" (1691), said to be school slang, of unknown origin. more

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Words that sound like Dab

daba, daffo, dative, daub, davy, day off, dayboy, db, dba, deaf, deb, deep, defoe, defy, deify, devi, dhava, die off, dip, diva, dive, divvy, divvy up, do by, do up, doff, doo-wop, doob, dopa, dope

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