Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Verb: jab (jabbed,jabbing)  jab
  1. Push suddenly or strongly with a finger or something pointed
    "he jabbed his finger into her ribs";
    - prod, stab, poke, dig
     
  2. Strike or punch with quick and short blows
     
  3. Stab or pierce
    "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife";
    - stab
Noun: jab  jab
  1. A sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    "he warned me with a jab with his finger";
    - jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting
     
  2. A quick short straight punch
     
  3. The act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
    "she gave me a sharp jab in the ribs";
    - dig
     
  4. [Brit] The act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
    "the nurse gave him a flu jab";
    - injection, shot
     
  5. [Brit] Taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
    - inoculation, vaccination

Derived forms: jabbing, jabbed, jabs

Type of: biff, clout, dong [Austral, NZ], gesture, immunisation [Brit], immunization, lick, medical aid, medical care, poke, punch, slug, strike, thrust, touch, touching

Encyclopedia: Jab