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jab

verb \ ˈjab \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of jab

jabbed; jabbing
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
3 : to pointedly tease or mock (someone)
  • We joke around. … I was jabbing him about injuries he's had.
  • Sports Illustrated
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

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

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

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.

Recent Examples of jab from the Web

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First Known Use of jab

1872

in the meaning defined above

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jab Synonyms

Synonyms

dab, dig, lunge, poke;

Related Words

punch;

stab, stick;

push, shove;

jam, jerk, jog, nudge;



JAB Defined for English Language Learners

jab

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

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

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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