Thesaurus

stab

verb

Synonyms of stab

(Entry 1 of 2)

to penetrate or hold (something) with a pointed object
  • stabbed the pesky leaf with the tines of the rake

Synonyms for stab

Words Related to stab

stab

noun

Synonyms of stab (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a mark or small hole made by a pointed instrument
  • the injection left a small stab on her upper arm

Synonyms for stab

Words Related to stab

2 an effort to do or accomplish something
  • everybody will get a stab at solving the problem

Synonyms for stab

Words Related to stab

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stab

Time Traveler for stab

Time Traveler

The first known use of stab was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Stab.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stab. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stab

Dictionary: Definition of stab

Medical Dictionary: Definition of stab

Nglish: Translation of stab for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stab for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stab

What made you want to look up stab? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!