When to dab
In slang, dab can be a highly concentrated marijuana extract, a type of hip-hop dance, or touching the ground with your foot while you ride a bicycle.
Doing any of these actions is called dabbing, and yes, you could feasibly do all three at once—not that we recommend it.
Where does dab come from?
Dab, in its regular use, is a noun or verb referring to light taps or strokes, but it has taken on a number of slang senses.
In the marijuana community, dabbing refers to a more intense form of consuming marijuana. It involves a person smoking hash oil burned with butane, resulting in nearly straight THC—and a very intense high. These cannabis extracts are referred to as dabs.
Though the ability to create dabs goes back for decades, dabbing only started catching on in the 2010s, at which point it got the slang name dabbing, based on how one dabs an amount of concentrate to smoke it. There is a serious concern that dabbing is far more dangerous than conventional pot smoking.
Dabbing also became a type of hip-hop dance in the 2010s. It originated in Atlanta, Georgia. The dance move involves extending one arm up and out while the other arm, parallel, covers at the elbow pit.
Dabbing was popularized by members of the Quality Control label, particularly Migos, whose 2015 song (later updated to “Look at My Dab”) brought the dance to a wider audience. Credit also goes to Skippa Da Flippa’s 2014 “How Fast.”
Dabbing went viral after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dabbed in the end zone in 2015. The dance went on to be performed by everyone from actor Betty White to kids in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
As for how the dance got dubbed dabbing, performer Bow Wow claims that the moves are supposed to replicate covering one’s mouth from the coughing fits that happen after one ingests a hash dab.
Then there’s the cyclist’s dabbing, which refers to the action of quickly putting your foot on the ground while you ride a bicycle, motorcycle, or mountain bike for balance. This version originates at least by the 1980s but tends to be cycling jargon.
How is dab used in real life?
People may dab to dance or to celebrate an accomplishment or win. Because hip-hop dabbing became so widespread in the mid-2010s, it’s sometimes mentioned as another example of appropriating Black culture. As a result in part, dabbing is often called out as something that is not cool, though it used to be.
Hash dabbing, on the other hand, is still highly sought after by its fans, and has become more popular as marijuana has become more legalized. If there’s one thing anyone needs to know about this version of dabbing, though, it’s that it is intense.
If you hear bicyclists talk about dabbing, all they mean is putting their feet on the ground while they ride. It is based on the idea of dab, or to lightly tap. It usually happens when someone is about to fall off their bike as a way of catching themselves. It may incur a penalty in cycling-based competitions.
More examples of dab:
“Experts are coming forward, however, to urge caution when creating and using dabs, as there are some dangers that come along with it.”
—Gina M. Florio, Bustle, August 2016
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Dab definition, to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist: The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief. See more.
What is dabbing? Meaning, origin and videos of celebrities performing the dance move
The craze has spread across the globe over the past year, with celebrities, politicians and even royals doing it in public
- 12 Apr 2018, 16:52
- Updated : 12 Apr 2018, 16:58
DABBING has become a global craze over the past year with celebrities, politicians and even royals performing the dance move in public.
If you’ve never heard of it or simply aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about, then read on.
What is dabbing? Who started it?
The dabbing craze sees people point one arm upwards towards the sky while also bowing their head into their other arm. Yes, that’s it.
The trend is thought to have been initially started in Atlanta by rappers from the group Migos and a few other artists that collaborate on their tracks, including Jose Guapo, Skippa Da Flippa, and PeeWee Longway.
Just like the Nae Nae, artists popularised the dance move by featuring it in their music videos and mixtapes and it was soon picked up by the American football player Cam Newton.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback has now become an ambassador for the dab and helped it become a household trend.
What does dabbing mean?
While dabbing may seem like just an innocent dance move, it does actually have a darker meaning behind it.
The expression is also a term for smoking butane hash oil and extracting 90 per cent of the THC (the primary ingredient in marijuana).
Some have said the dance move is supposed to represent sneezing, something that often happens to people when they’ve taken a lot of cannabis.
Which famous faces and celebs have dabbed?
Since the dabbing craze begun a lot of celebs, politicians and royals have performed the move in public. Here are some of the latest and greatest.
Woman dabs in Donald Trump’s office
M.A., woman who sued https://t.co/98d3bCFj8l, dances as Pres. Trump signs bill combatting online sex trafficking. “It’s about damn time.” https://t.co/jmdzOE7XOn pic.twitter.com/FCnGNCFfvA
On April 11 2018, a woman was filmed dabbing as Donald Trump signed a bill combating online sex trafficking in the Oval office.
The activist, known as M.A., was the first woman to sue classified advertising website Backpage, for allowing adverts touting sex with underage kids.
If anyone can, Chuka can
Even Labour MP Chuka Umunna performed a dab in public (kind of), presumably under pressure from his young audience.
Labour leader gets animated
This cartoon version of Jeremy Corbyn dabbing first appeared on social media some time ago, but was resurfaced recently by election campaign supporters.
Throw out the rules of this rigged economy and change them to benefit the many, not the few. #VoteLabour #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/5jXGWQEyBo
Tom Watson during Theresa May’s PMQs
Labour MP Tom Watson dabbed during PMQs after Jeremy Corbyn hit out at Theresa May about the NHS.
The politician performed the move as Mr Corbyn sat down next to him.
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard loves a good dab
Prince Harry partakes in the trend while visiting Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University
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GOING IT ALONE
HAVING A BUBBLE
Popular Saudi Arabian singer and TV host Abdallah Al Shahani
Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tried it
After worrying that Kate Garraway would ‘knock herself out’ with the move, Susanna decided to get involved.
Kay Burley dabbing (badly) on Sky News
After Tom Watson dabbed on PMQs, Sky News presenter Kay Burley attempted a dab but it looked more like a Usain Bolt celebration.
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The dabbing craze has spread across the globe over the past year, with celebrities, politicians and even royals doing it in public