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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
  4. [Brit, informal] (medicine) perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
    - immunize, immunise [Brit], inoculate, vaccinate, vax [informal]
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, informal] Taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
    - inoculation, vaccination, vax [informal]
  5. [Brit, informal] The act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
    "the nurse gave him a flu jab";
    - injection, shot

Derived forms: jabs, jabbed, jabbing

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

Encyclopedia: Jab