Meaning of “dab” in the English Dictionary

"dab" in British English

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dabverb

uk /dæb/ us /dæb/ -bb-

dab verb (DANCE)

[ I ] slang to do a dance move that involves lowering your head and lifting both arms, one straight out to the side and one with the elbow bent:

He posted an Instagram picture of him dabbing.

dabnoun

uk /dæb/ us /dæb/

dab noun (TOUCH)

[ C ] a small amount of a substance, or a light touch:

Can't you just put a dab of paint over the mark and cover it up?
I'll give that stain a quick dab with a wet cloth.

dab noun (DANCE)

[ S ] slang a dance move that involves lowering your head and lifting both arms, one straight out to the side and one with the elbow bent:

The dab has its origins in the Atlanta hip-hop scene.

DABnoun [ U ]

uk /diː.eɪˈbiː/ us /diː.eɪˈbiː/

(Definition of “dab” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dab" in American English

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dabverb [ I/T ]

us /dæb/ -bb-

to touch something lightly and quickly, usually repeatedly:

[ I ] He dabbed at his eyes with a tissue.

If you dab something on a surface, you put a small amount of something on it:

[ T ] She dabbed a little perfume on her wrists.

dabnoun [ C ]

us /dæb/

a small amount of a substance:

a dab of lipstick

(Definition of “dab” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)