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Definitions of dab

  1.   a light touch or stroke
  2.   a small quantity of something moist or soft a dab of paint a splatter of mud
  3.   hit lightly pat him on the shoulder
  4.   apply usually a liquid to a surface dab the wall with paint
  5.   A skillful hand a dabster an expert
  6.   A name given to several species of flounders esp to the European species Pleuronectes limanda The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides
  7.   To strike or touch gently as with a soft or moist substance to tap hence to besmear with a dabber
  8.   A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance a sudden blow or hit a peck
  9.   A small mass of anything soft or moist
  10.   To strike gently with the fingers or hand to stroke lightly to tap as to pat a dog
  11.   To strike or touch lightly to smear as to dab paint on a canvas
  12.   A small soft lump a gentle blow a quick sharp stroke the flounder a salt water fish
  13.   Dabbed
  14.   Dabbing
  15.   To strike gently with something soft or moist pr p dabbing pa p dabbed
  16.   A gentle blow a small lump of anything soft or moist a small flat fish like a flounder but with a rough back
  17.   An expert person
  18.   A light blow with the hand or something soft lump of soft substance
  19.   To strike lightly with the hand or with something soft
  20.   To strike softly pat
  21.   Dabber
  22.   A gentle blow pat
  23.   A small lump of soft substance as butter
  24.   A skilful person adept Dabster
  25.   The refuse foots of sugar
  26.   A gentle blow a small lump or mass of anything soft or moist a small flat fish allied to the flounder
  27.   One expert at anything
  28.   To strike gently with some soft or moist substance
  29.   To strike by a thrust to hit with a sudden blow or thrust
  30.   To strike gently
  31.   A gentle blow a small lump of anything soft and moist something moist thrown on a person a small fish

Antonyms for dab

chunk, heap, deal, shipload, carload, profusion, bunch, abundance, dozen, lot, wealth, quantity, stack, lashings, mess, plentitude, sight, passel, wad, potful, barrel, peck, pack, plateful, mountain, fistful, REAMS, basketful, multiplicity, bushel, scads, truckload, sheaf, spate, hundred, volume, good deal, oodles, load, raft, mass, boatload, slew, plenitude, bundle, bucket.

Quotes of dab

  1. Though intelligence is powerless to modify character it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses – Quentin Crisp
  2. And I usually use myself as a model posing in front of a mirror as I dab the strokes on the canvas – Cleo Moore

Usage examples for dab

  1. Never mind a little dab of black sealing wax when the time came when it was absolutely necessary – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  2. “ Hilda will go straight to bed poor girl and Ramsey will sit beside her and dab cologne on her forehead and after a while he'll coax her to eat a cracker and drink some tea and he'll have his dinner right there beside her – An American Suffragette by Isaac N. Stevens
  3. They carry mine to a stout red faced lady with grey hair and a large apron the latter convenience somehow suggesting as she stood about with a resolute air that she viewed her little pupils as so many small slices cut from the loaf of life and on which she was to dab the butter of arithmetic and spelling accompanied by way of jam with a light application of the practice of prize giving – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  4. “ I had a little dab of it in the Black Hawk trouble – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  5. Al heaped up the glasses adding an appreciative extra dab with the magnanimity of the victor and said Say you boys want to rub up a little – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  6. Well a damp dab of mud like this confounded island seems the last place where one would think of fires – The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  7. She laughed her breathless laugh till she had to dab at her eyes ” – The Last Straw by William J. Smith
  8. She forgot the Bishop or rather he seemed at that distance such a little thing such a little bit of a thing a tiny little black figure with a dab of white on its top compared to this vision of splendid earth and heaven that she wilfully would not remember him – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  9. We'll come into the kitchen Dab Dab said the Doctor – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  10. “ Mr Longdon thought a moment giving a dab with his pocket handkerchief – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  11. In the morning he would lurch out of bed put on a soiled shirt and trousers dab his face with a decrepit sponge take a tiny piece of soap from an old tin box look at it rub it on his fingers and put it hurriedly away again as though he were ashamed of it – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  12. “ Lesbia's voice rose to crescendo at the spectacle of the delinquent her sleeves soaked in ink trying to dab up the mess with a morsel of blotting paper and a pink edged pocket handkerchief – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  13. “ I knew Aunt Tommy wanted to fix her hair and dab rose water on her eyes so I trotted meekly down and told Dick ” – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. And she told me she'd cooked every dab of it herself – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  15. Thick bread and butter all crumby and dab as if the servant would not take the trouble to spread the butter properly – A Fluttered Dovecote by George Manville Fenn
  16. Just wet your finger with it and dab it gently on – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  17. “ No use you gwine dab sah – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister
  18. It is only the dab and the common plaice that are content to lie ever on the bottom and they are but one sided fish – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould
  19. “ No wonder he's such a dab at science – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  20. “ I wonder if you've got a nice little dab for my dinner to day – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson

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