Definition of dabbing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdabiNG/ /ˈdæbɪŋ/

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  • 1The action or practice of inhaling small quantities of a concentrated and vaporized drug, typically cannabis oil or resin.

    • ‘even among marijuana proponents, dabbing is a polarizing topic’
  • 2The action of performing a dance move or gesture, originating in hip hop and often done as part of a celebration, in which one arm is bent at an angle across the chest while the other is fully extended parallel to the first arm, with the face turned toward the bent elbow.

    • ‘he made an attempt at dabbing after his team won’


Early 21st century dabbing (sense 1) from dab in the sense ‘a small portion of cannabis oil or resin that is inhaled’; dabbing (sense 2) is of uncertain origin but is possibly related.