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Meaning & Definition of Jab in English

English

Jab

/ʤæb/

noun

1. A sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

  • "He warned me with a jab with his finger"
  • "He made a thrusting motion with his fist"
    synonym:
  • jab
  • ,
  • jabbing
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • poking
  • ,
  • thrust
  • ,
  • thrusting

2. A quick short straight punch

    synonym:
  • jab

3. The act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

  • "She gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"
    synonym:
  • dig
  • ,
  • jab

verb

1. Poke or thrust abruptly

  • "He jabbed his finger into her ribs"
    synonym:
  • jab
  • ,
  • prod
  • ,
  • stab
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • dig

2. Strike or punch with quick and short blows

    synonym:
  • jab

3. Stab or pierce

  • "He jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"
    synonym:
  • stab
  • ,
  • jab