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jab

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verb \ ˈjab \

Definition of jab

jabbed; jabbing
transitive verb
1 a :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
intransitive verb
1 :to make quick or abrupt thrusts with a sharp object
2 :to strike a person with a short straight blow

Examples of jab in a Sentence

  1. He jabbed at the other player with his hockey stick.

  2. The needle jabbed his arm.

  3. The needle jabbed into his arm.

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Origin and Etymology of jab

alteration of job to strike


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jab

noun

Definition of jab

:an act of jabbing; especially :a short straight boxing punch delivered with the leading hand

Examples of jab in a Sentence

  1. She gave him a jab in the ribs.

  2. He threw a right jab to his opponent's body.

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First Known Use of jab

1872

jab Synonyms

Synonyms
dab, dig, 1poke, lunge
Related Words
punch; stab, stick; push, shove; jam, jerk, jog, nudge


JAB Defined for English Language Learners

jab

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verb

Definition of jab for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of jab for English Language Learners

  • : a quick or sudden hit with something sharp or hard

  • boxing : a short, straight punch

  • : an injection of something (such as medicine) into your body with a needle


JAB Defined for Kids

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jab

play
verb \ ˈjab \

Definition of jab for Students

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

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jab

noun

Definition of jab for Students

:a quick or sudden poke


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