General English

  • verb to pick something up suddenly
  • verb to get something quickly

Cars & Driving

  • verb to come on suddenly when the brake pedal is pressed
  • verb to take up the drive suddenly when the clutch pedal is released.

Media Studies


  • verb to kiss. In this sense the word has been used by British adolescents since the late 1990s.

Origin & History of “grab”

Grab is a Germanic word. It was probably borrowed from middle Dutch or Middle Low German grabben. these were descendants of a prehistoric Germanic *grab-, which could well have been related to the *graip-, *grip- which produced grip, gripe, and grope.