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verb as in blot up; touch lightly

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Patrons eat their cannoli slowly and deliberately, dabbing the powdered sugar on their plates with licked fingers.

Then McDonald sang, note-clear and strong, “Smile,” and the dabbing of eyes and sniffs increased.

Dabbing wax on the coil or using hash oil on the wick also works.

We set to our task with a deliberate gentleness, dabbing with cloths, cotton, swabs.

My sister's a model," Viggiano said, dabbing sweat from his brow, "and she says the process is very similar.

"I—I don't want you to," wailed Genevieve, dabbing her eyes with her handkerchief.

Luke was dabbing the pointer carefully at the bald top of Weaver's head.

Her hand was dabbing furtively at her face for a purpose which Pierre could not surmise.

Some one rushed up with a sponge and began dabbing his face.

Then she pulled out a small handkerchief, edged with cheap lace, and fell to dabbing her eyes.


On this page you'll find 12 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to dabbing, such as: daub, smear, swab, wipe, smudge, and stipple.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.