American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To poke or thrust abruptly: jabbed a knife into the log.
- v. To stab or pierce: jabbed the steak with a fork.
- v. To punch (someone) with short blows.
- v. To make an abrupt poking or thrusting motion: jabbed at the pickles with his fork.
- v. To deliver a quick punch.
- n. A quick stab or blow.
- n. Sports A short straight punch in boxing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike with the end or point of something; thrust the end of something against or into; poke.
- To strike with the end or point of; thrust: as, to jab a stick against a person; to jab a cane into or through a picture.
- n. A stroke with the point or end of something; a thrust.
- n. Nautical, a net used in catching the fry of fish.
- n. A quick stab or blow
- n. boxing A short straight punch.
- n. UK A medical injection.
- n. US, figuratively A verbal annoyance.
- v. To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion.
- v. To deliver a quick punch.
- v. slang, UK To give someone an injection
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Scot. & Colloq. U. S. To thrust; to stab; to punch. See job, v. t.
- n. Scot. & Colloq. U. S. A thrust or stab.
- v. poke or thrust abruptly
- n. a quick short straight punch
- n. the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
- v. stab or pierce
- v. strike or punch with quick and short blows
- n. a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
- Variant of job2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“McMaster's jab is notable because the rest of the Republican candidates for governor – not wanting to be weighed down by the Sanford saga - have so far tread lightly when handling questions about the governor.”
“Besides the mandatory record label jab, all of Black Thought's punches are directed at himself, being a better man, seeking a stronger deity.”
“I am disappointed to see that negativity upheld by Non Sequitur, but I have to admit that jab is well deserved by the slobs who use the anonymity and remoteness of the field to conduct themselves poorly.”
“One problem with the jab is that in some Heartland cities – whose values Jamie is supposed to stand for – Ann Taylor stores are the most stylish in town.”
“A friendly political jab is a small price to pay to avoid a ticket.”
“Moore's parting jab is that Goss granted the interview with Moore's producers without bothering to check who they were working for.”
“But the Elián jab is more like a haymaker, replicating Alan Diaz's famous Associated Press photo of the closet invasion, with Yogi and BooBoo in the starring roles.”
“I must say, though, that Americans typically manage pronunciation of "un-Englished" words better than Australians do - and much better than most British speakers, many of whom will say "Poonjab" with a second syllable like the English word "jab", not with the more correct "jahb".”
“Other infections which the injections guard against are MMR and the controversial cervical cancer jab, which is for girls only.”
“We knew the jab was the key to the fight," Roach said.”
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