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See also: NAB, nǟb, and na b'

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /næb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æb

Etymology 1Edit

From earlier knab, a variant of knap; but also from nap, of North Germanic origin, related to Danish nappe (to tweak, snatch at, catch, seize), Swedish nappa (to take, grab, pinch), Norwegian nappe (to pluck).

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

nab (third-person singular simple present nabs, present participle nabbing, simple past and past participle nabbed)

  1. (informal, transitive) To seize, arrest or take into custody (a criminal or fugitive).
    • 1887, Anna Katharine Green, 7 to 12, A Detective Story, G. P. Putnam's Sons, page 2:
      As I was going out of the door, a fellow detective came hurriedly in. "Nabbed them," cried he.
  2. (informal, transitive) To grab or snatch something.
SynonymsEdit
  • (arrest a criminal or fugitive): nick, bust
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Compare knap, knop, knob.

NounEdit

nab (plural nabs)

  1. The summit of an eminence.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  2. The cock of a gunlock.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  3. (locksmithing) The keeper, or box into which the lock is shot.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)

AnagramsEdit


KurdishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

nab

  1. pure

Southeastern TepehuanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with Northern Tepehuan návoi, O'odham nav, Central Tarahumara napó, Mayo naabo, Hopi naavu.

NounEdit

nab

  1. prickly pear cactus (clarification of this definition is needed)

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • R. de Willett, Elizabeth, et al. (2016) Diccionario tepehuano de Santa María Ocotán, Durango (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 48)‎[1] (in Spanish), electronic edition, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., page 132

White HmongEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Hmong-Mien *ʔnaŋ (snake). Cognate with Iu Mien naang.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nab

  1. snake.
  2. worm.

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)