Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To poke or thrust abruptly.
  • intransitive verb To stab or pierce.
  • intransitive verb To punch (someone) with short straight blows.
  • intransitive verb To make an abrupt poking or thrusting motion.
  • intransitive verb To deliver a short straight punch.
  • noun A quick stab or blow.
  • noun Sports A short straight punch in boxing.
  • noun Informal A hypodermic injection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A stroke with the point or end of something; a thrust.
  • noun Nautical, a net used in catching the fry of fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. & Colloq. U. S. A thrust or stab.
  • transitive verb Scot. & Colloq. U. S. To thrust; to stab; to punch. See job, v. t.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A quick stab or blow
  • noun boxing A short straight punch.
  • noun UK A medical injection.
  • noun US, figuratively A verbal annoyance.
  • verb To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion.
  • verb To deliver a quick punch.
  • verb slang, UK To give someone an injection

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

  • verb poke or thrust abruptly
  • noun a quick short straight punch
  • noun the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
  • verb stab or pierce
  • verb strike or punch with quick and short blows
  • noun a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

Etymologies

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

[Variant of job.]

Examples

  • 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.

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  • Besides the mandatory record label jab, all of Black Thought's punches are directed at himself, being a better man, seeking a stronger deity.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • A friendly political jab is a small price to pay to avoid a ticket.

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  • Moore's parting jab is that Goss granted the interview with Moore's producers without bothering to check who they were working for.

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  • 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.

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  • 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".

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  • Other infections which the injections guard against are MMR and the controversial cervical cancer jab, which is for girls only.

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  • JM has been to the acupuncturist – that’s a jab well done.

    May 25, 2011