how to pronounce dab


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the above transcription of dab is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

dab is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of dab in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but if you're a smack dab on the other …”

meanings of dab


  1. A small amount of hash oil.
  2. A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow.
  3. Fingerprint.
  4. A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limanda; a flounder.
  5. A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance.
  6. One skilful or proficient; an expert; an adept.
  7. A soft, playful box given in greeting or approval.
  8. A hip hop dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm, briefly resting their face in the elbow, as if sneezing into their elbow.
  9. Initialism of digital audio broadcasting.
  10. A sand dab, a small flatfish of genus Citharichthys.


  1. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
  2. To apply a substance in this way.
  3. To apply hash oil to a heated surface for the purpose of efficient combustion.
  4. To perform the dab dance move, by moving both arms to one side of the body parallel with your head.
  5. To press lightly in a repetitive motion with a soft object without rubbing.


  1. With a dab, or sudden contact.


  1. Bad.


  1. Initialism of Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (a pro-Beijing political party in the HKSAR).

dab frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word dab occurs in english on average 2.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dab can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dab can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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