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 The McConnell spot also jabbed at McGrath, but in that instance Kentucky's Democratic governor did not speak out against the use of his image in the advertisement. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath 'strongly' stands by ad despite Republican governors' objections," 16 May 2020 President Donald Trump, once friendly with Stephenson, wasted no time jabbing him over his departure. NBC News, "AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to step down," 24 Apr. 2020 McConnell has eagerly jabbed at Democrats over the issue in the past several weeks. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Joe Biden's sexual assault allegation puts Senate candidate Amy McGrath in a tough spot," 8 May 2020 Reid jabbed Sanders’s healthcare plan but refused to give his endorsement to any of the candidates ahead of Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Harry Reid on Medicare for All: ‘Not a chance in hell it would pass’," 19 Feb. 2020 The suspect appeared to wield at least one sharp object and attempted to jab the man with it several times. Fox News, "UK man, 77, ‘bravely’ fights off ATM mugger in boxing match caught on video," 20 Feb. 2020 After Biden took a jab at Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, for investing in a private prison company, Steyer jabbed back at Biden for writing a crime bill that Steyer said led to mass incarceration of black and Latino men. USA TODAY, "Democratic debate FactCheck: Bloomberg misleads on tax returns, Biden flubs gun violence stat," 26 Feb. 2020 Fewer people dotting the surrounding neighborhood slumping against walls, jabbing needles into their necks and discarding dirty syringes on the sidewalks. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Bold SF drug-injection site plan faces just one big hurdle: Trump," 26 Oct. 2019 But to get jabbed by the president of a mediocre Pac-12 school that isn’t even on the Wolverines level in terms of talent, wins, NFL players or any other standard of measurement over the past five years, is ridiculous. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "ASU president Michael Crow ripped for apparently ripping Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh," 17 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wearing a mask stamped with the Indonesian flag, Ridwan Kamil, the governor of West Java, held his arm out for the cameras after receiving his coronavirus jab in September. Washington Post, "China and Russia are using coronavirus vaccines to expand their influence. The U.S. is on the sidelines.," 24 Nov. 2020 Ford thought the Thunder would acquire Phoenix's first-round pick if the Paul deal came to fruition, but took a jab at Suns team owner Robert Sarver when discussing the scenario. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "With playoff aspirations – and Chris Paul addition – Phoenix Suns can add lottery selection in draft," 19 Nov. 2020 Pritzker took a jab at local officials who don't enforce his orders. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Three Illinois regions face additional COVID-19 restrictions as cases climb," 10 Nov. 2020 Some of this confusion is inevitable, but some is the result of how coronavirus vaccine trials were designed: Each company is running its own trial, comparing its jab with a placebo. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "First, a Vaccine Approval. Then ‘Chaos and Confusion.’," 12 Oct. 2020 Neither Ragan nor Moraga landed a significant amount of punches, but Ragan made good work with his jab to the body. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati's Duke Ragan is ready for his next step after starting 2-0 in Top Rank Boxing," 4 Oct. 2020 This wasn't the only strong jab Biden took at Mr. Trump during the debate. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Shut up, man": First debate between Biden and Trump devolves into personal jabs," 30 Sep. 2020 Arizona assistant Theron Aych, also Arizona's tight ends and inside receivers coach, took a jab at the ASU football team in a video conference call with reporters. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona football assistant takes jab at ASU recruiting and Sun Devil fans aren't amused," 24 Oct. 2020 Speaking of Pete, many think the second line is a jab at him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Seemingly Takes a Dig at Pete Davidson in Her "Positions” Lyrics," 23 Oct. 2020

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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 at sense 1

History and Etymology for jab

Verb

alteration of job to strike

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“Jab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jab. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for jab

jab

verb
How to pronounce jab (audio)

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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