There are 2 main definitions of nab in English:

Share this entry

nab 1

Pronunciation: /nab/

verb (nabs, nabbing, nabbed)

[with object] informal
1Catch (someone) doing something wrong: Olympic drug tests nabbed another athlete yesterday
More example sentences
  • Why announce his arrest to the world before actually nabbing him?
  • That is why when Delhi Police nabbed him on June 9 on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act, fellow journalists were amazed.
  • He was nabbed by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit in December 1998 when he was caught sneaking into the country and jailed for a year.
catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, seize, grab
informal nail, pull in, pick up
1.1Take, grab, or steal (something): Dan nabbed the seat next to mine
More example sentences
  • He reached into the trunk of the taxi and grabbed his suitcase, nabbing the bottle.
  • Tucker lifted his fork and nabbed a piece from Merissa.
  • Nonetheless, he was openly delighted at nabbing the final seat in the ward.


Late 17th century (also as napp; compare with kidnap): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with nab

blab, cab, confab, crab, Crabbe, dab, drab, fab, flab, gab, grab, jab, kebab, lab, scab, slab, smash-and-grab, stab, tab
Share this entry

There are 2 main definitions of nab in English:

Share this entry



1National Association of Broadcasters.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.