Jab

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English

Noun

Jab (plural Jabs)
  1. A quick stab or blow
  2. (boxing), a short straight punch (wikipedia:Jab)
  3. (UK) A medical injection
    • Our dog was exposed to rabies, so the whole family went to a clinic to get our jabs.
  4. In American English, the word jab is also used when someone is bothering someone else, what is commonly known as verbal jabs. "Don't throw jabs at me" and "Quit jabbing!" are popular sayings. This may be because the verbal annoyances are not substantial attacks, and are similar to a boxing jab in that they are only annoying (not a knockout blow).

Derived terms

Verb

Jab (third-person singular simple present Jabs, present participle jabbing, simple past and past participle jabbed)

  1. To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion.
  2. To deliver a quick punch.

Adverbs for Jab

viciously; repeatedly; verbally; savagely; bitterly; ferociously; brutally; vindictively; malignantly.

Thesaurus

Parthian shot, assault, back answer, bang, barrack, bash, bat, bear, bear upon, bearing, beating, belt, biff, blow, bonk, boost, buck, bull, bulldoze, bump, bump against, bunt, butt, butt against, caustic remark, chaff, chop, clap, clip, clobber, clout, clump, coldcock, comeback, crack, cram, crowd, cut, cut at, cutting remark, dash, deal, deal a blow, deck, dig, dig at, dint, drive, drub, drubbing, drumming, dump, dump on, elbow, feint, fetch, fetch a blow, fleer, flout, foolery, force, fusillade, gibe, gibing retort, goad, head, hit, hit a clip, home thrust, hurtle, hustle, jab at, jam, jape, jeer, jest, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle, knock, knock cold, knock down, knock out, leg-pull, let have it, lick, lunge, mock, nudge, parting shot, pass, paste, pelt, pile drive, plunk, poke, pooh, pooh-pooh, pound, press, pressure, prod, punch, push, put down, put-down, put-on, quip, rail at, rally, ram, ram down, rank out, rap, rattle, revile, rude reproach, run, run against, scoff, scout, scurrility, shake, short answer, shoulder, shove, slam, slap, slap at, slog, slug, smack, smash, smite, snap, sneer, sneer at, soak, sock, stab, stress, strike, strike at, stroke, swat, swing, swipe, tamp, tattoo, taunt, thrust, thump, thwack, twit, verbal thrust, wallop, whack, wham, whop, yerk

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /dʒæb/, SAMPA: /dZ{b/
  • Rhymes: -æb

Translations

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Verb


Italian

Noun

jab m. inv.

  1. jab (boxing punch)

Etymology

English

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