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jab

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verb \ˈjab\

Definition of jab

jabbed

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jabbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pierce with or as if with a sharp object :  stabb :  to poke quickly or abruptly :  thrust

  3. 2 :  to strike with a short straight blow

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make quick or abrupt thrusts with a sharp object

  6. 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.

Origin and Etymology of jab

alteration of job to strike


First Known Use: 1827


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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

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.

1872

First Known Use of jab

1872



JAB Defined for English Language Learners

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verb \ˈjab\

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


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jab

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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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verb \ˈjab\

Definition of jab for Students

jabbed

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jabbing

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


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noun

Definition of jab for Students

  1. :  a quick or sudden poke



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