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See also DAB, and dąb

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English dabbe < possibly imitative.

Verb

Infinitive
to dab

Third person singular
dabb

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to dab (third-person singular simple present dabb, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To press lightly with a soft object without rubbing; to apply a substance in this way.
    I dabbed my face with a towel.

Noun

Singular
dab

Plural
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dab ({{{1}}})
  1. A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow; dial. a box, a slap.
  2. A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance.
Translations

Adverb

dab (not comparable)

Positive
dab

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. With a dab, or sudden contact.

Etymology 2

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Noun

Singular
dab

Plural
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dab ({{{1}}})
  1. One skilful or proficient, an expert, an adept.
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Etymology 3

Origin unknown.

Noun

Singular
dab

Plural
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dab ({{{1}}})
  1. A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limanda.
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Anagrams

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary (1989)

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