Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To poke or thrust abruptly: jabbed a knife into the log.
  • transitive v. To stab or pierce: jabbed the steak with a fork.
  • transitive v. To punch (someone) with short blows.
  • intransitive v. To make an abrupt poking or thrusting motion: jabbed at the pickles with his fork.
  • intransitive v. To deliver a quick punch.
  • n. A quick stab or blow.
  • n. Sports A short straight punch in boxing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A quick stab or blow
  • n. A short straight punch.
  • n. A medical injection.
  • n. A verbal annoyance.
  • v. To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion.
  • v. To deliver a quick punch.
  • v. To give someone an injection

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thrust or stab.
  • transitive v. To thrust; to stab; to punch. See job, v. t.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)

Etymologies

Variant of job2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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