Dab - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dæb|  American pronunciation of the word dab
Brit.  |dæb|  British pronunciation of the word dab


- a light touch or stroke (syn: pat, tap)
- a small quantity of something moist or liquid(syn: splash, splatter)


- apply (usually a liquid) to a surface(syn: swab, swob)
- hit lightly (syn: pat)


She put a dab of perfume behind each ear.

Dab it on with a fine rag.

Dab the mud off carefully, don't rub too hard or you'll make it worse.

The woodpecker dabbed at the tree trunk.

She wiped her tears away with a dab of her handkerchief.

She dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief.

He dabbed at his bleeding lip.

She dabbed some cream on her face.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dab
he/she/it: dabs
present participle: dabbing
past tense: dabbed
past participle: dabbed
singular: dab
plural: dabs
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