dab2 past tense and past participle dabbed, present participle dabbing
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to touch something lightly several times, usually with something such as a cloth:
She dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief.
He dabbed at his bleeding lip.
to put a substance onto something with quick light movements of your hand
dab something on/onto etc something
She dabbed some cream on her face.