jab

verb
\ ˈjab How to pronounce jab (audio) \
jabbed; jabbing

Definition of jab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to pierce with or as if with a sharp object : stab
b : to poke quickly or abruptly : thrust
2 : to strike with a short straight blow
3 : to pointedly tease or mock (someone) We joke around. … I was jabbing him about injuries he's had.Sports Illustrated

intransitive verb

1 : to make quick or abrupt thrusts with a sharp object
2 : to strike a person with a short straight blow
3 : to pointedly tease, mock, or make fun of someone At a moment's notice, he can produce a months-old editorial cartoon jabbing at him and seems genuinely hurt by the message.The New York Times

jab

noun

Definition of jab (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of jabbing especially : a short straight boxing punch delivered with the leading hand
2 : a pointed and often mocking comment or criticism He has a lot of fun with Ranovic, the oh-so-dramatic, eager young undercover cop who consistently fails to understand Salter's ironic jabs.— Jean MacFarlane Wright Undeterred, McCain continues with his standard stump speech, leaving in all the anti-Bush jabs.— Michelle Cottle

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Examples of jab in a Sentence

Verb

He jabbed at the other player with his hockey stick. The needle jabbed his arm. The needle jabbed into his arm.

Noun

She gave him a jab in the ribs. He threw a right jab to his opponent's body.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Boots are rinsed free of sand and hung to dry atop the hickory handles of peaveys jabbed into logs. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 The suspect lunged, jabbed and threatened to harm the employee with the knife before fleeing. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Police accuse Redmond O'Neal of violent crime spree, knife attacks," 9 June 2018 Zhang and Tencent founder Pony Ma have jabbed at each other in public, and the companies have filed multiple lawsuits against one another. Sam Byford, The Verge, "How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup," 30 Nov. 2018 The candidates at first jabbed at each other behind the scenes, but a series of events this week brought the charges and counter-charges into public light. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "District attorney race takes a nasty turn," 1 Feb. 2018 Easy to jab it once, twice, three times into a dark raincoat-clad back. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 The president, who as a candidate in 2016 mocked McCain's capture in Vietnam, had jabbed at the ailing senator for voting against Republican efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "For McCain, a cross-country farewell from public, presidents," 26 Aug. 2018 TheNew York Times cited security camera videos from nearby businesses that showed Vassell just moments before his death, startling people on the street and jabbing the pipe into one man’s chest. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Video in Toronto killings shows a divide between U.S. and Canada on deadly force," 26 Apr. 2018 In reality, most girls from my school lost their virginity slumped against a tree in an apple orchard, bark jabbing uncomfortably into their spines, in between rounds of beer pong. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Is There a “Right” Way to Lose Your Virginity?," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The president’s persistent jabs on Twitter had turned many fans against the league. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "It's the biggest 2018 primary day so far. Here's what to watch for.," 5 June 2018 But even Adam knew not to take the jab too seriously. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach John Legend Totally Shaded Adam Levine by Calling Him 'Jaded'," 2 Mar. 2019 Mackenzie Herren pointed to a write-up that accompanied The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Zenny shared the jab that Netflix also took at Twilight. Lauren Rearick, Glamour, "Gossip Girl Fans Are Having Way Too Much Fun With Netflix's Show Description," 11 Dec. 2018 Mackenzie Herren pointed to a write-up that accompanied The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Zenny shared the jab that Netflix also took at Twilight. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This “Gossip Girl” Description on Netflix Has Fans Reminiscing About the Show," 11 Dec. 2018 The jab came as a response to a tweet from makeup artist Cole Carrigan. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Reignites His Feud With Huda Kattan: "Tell Huda Beauty to F*ck Off"," 24 Oct. 2018 Speaking to MailOnline following England's dramatic win over in Moscow, the 24-year-old fired back at the jab made after the Everton keeper conceded a goal to Adnan Januzaj during the group stage. SI.com, "Jordan Pickford Hits Back at Thibaut Courtois' Height Jab After Colombia Penalty Heroics," 4 July 2018 Along with a flood of congratulatory messages, Adams' fans — and followers of The Shade Room, where the photo was reposted — expressed outrage about the jab. refinery29.com, "Why This Reality Star's "Joke" About Hair Really Isn't Funny," 2 May 2018 Co-hosts Method Man and Hailey Baldwin—as well as the audience—were so impressed by the cutting jabs and the love at the end. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Meghan Trainor & Shania Twain Throw Shade on 'Drop The Mic': Watch," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of jab

Verb

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jab

Verb

alteration of job to strike

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jab

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to push something sharp or hard quickly or suddenly into or toward someone or something
: to be pushed quickly and suddenly into someone or a part of someone's body

jab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jab (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick or sudden hit with something sharp or hard
boxing : a short, straight punch
British, informal : an injection of something (such as medicine) into your body with a needle

jab

verb
\ ˈjab How to pronounce jab (audio) \
jabbed; jabbing

Kids Definition of jab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to poke quickly or suddenly with or as if with something sharp He jabbed me with a stick.

jab

noun

Kids Definition of jab (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick or sudden poke

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