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 comment, according to Helmstetter, prompted the MAGA cap wearer’s companion to get up and jab her fingers into his chest. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "After confronting a diner in a MAGA hat, customer gets tossed from Hill Country Barbecue," 5 July 2019 Little had changed by the time of the final presidential debate on October 19th, when Mr Trump made finger-jabbing demands that China hand back Mr Kim. The Economist, "China crisis: October 2020," 4 July 2019 The four title belts now owned by favorite, jabbing son Andy Ruiz Jr. sat on the table in between Friday, each propped up with 12-packs of beer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr. rewrites script for Imperial, himself," 21 June 2019 After months of jabbing each other from afar, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will overlap Tuesday in Iowa, a state that's critical to their political futures. Thomas Beaumont And Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, "Biden and Trump head to Iowa in a potential 2020 preview," 11 June 2019 Blake and Adam are known for jabbing each other during the episodes (though some fans thought Adam took it a little too far this year), but the duo are also close pals. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's What Blake Shelton Thinks About Adam Levine Leaving 'The Voice'," 25 May 2019 Mayfield jabbed back about Ehlinger's inability to beat his programs in high school or college then. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Baker Mayfield blasts Texas and quarterback Sam Ehlinger by calling hype of Longhorns 'crap'," 12 May 2019 After months of jabbing each other from afar, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will overlap Tuesday in Iowa, a state that’s critical to their political futures. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Trump and Biden Head to Iowa in a Potential 2020 Preview," 11 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

July 14, 2019 Trump’s jab about Pelosi is a response to her recent dismissive comments about Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "AOC & Other Congresswomen Call Out Trump’s Racist Subtweet," 15 July 2019 Following President Trump’s series of tweets about Democratic congresswomen on Sunday, criticisms came pouring in from, including one pointed jab from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the 2016 presidential election. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Hillary Clinton rips Trump for tweets about congresswomen," 14 July 2019 The feud between rappers Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly has cooled a bit since last year, save for a few jabs from MGK. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Machine Gun Kelly revisits Eminem feud on new album," 5 July 2019 During the first evening, Biden was largely sparred any jabs. Vera Bergengruen, Time, "Joe Biden Has Been in High-Pressure Debates Before. But Never Like This," 27 June 2019 Lennon responded with even sharper jabs in his songs. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 When a book is rebuked, the rebuke is usually nothing more than a quick little jab with the needle, administered in the midst of therapeutic compliments. Elizabeth Hardwick, Harper's magazine, "Literary Failure," 10 June 2019 While the jab may have been a big deal to viewers watching, Joy previously told GoodHousekeeping.com that all the drama doesn't get to her. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Star Joy Behar Take a Major Dig at Meghan McCain on Tuesday's Show," 27 Mar. 2019 While many viewers may have changed the channel after the opening monologue, jabs at average Americans were far from over and the Jesus gag became a running theme throughout the evening. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Emmy Awards roasted for mocking Middle America, ratings hit all-time low," 18 Sep. 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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