- penetrating; piercing: a stabbing pain.
- emotionally wounding: a stabbing remark.
- incisive or trenchant: a stabbing, satirical phrase.
Origin of stabbing
- to pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon: She stabbed a piece of chicken with her fork.
- to thrust, plunge, or jab (a knife, pointed weapon, or the like) into something: He stabbed the knife into the man's chest.
- to penetrate sharply or painfully: Their misery stabbed his conscience.
- to make a piercing, thrusting, or pointing motion at or in: He stabbed me in the chest with his finger. The speaker stabbed the air in anger.
- to thrust with or as if with a knife or other pointed weapon: to stab at an attacker.
- to deliver a wound, as with a pointed weapon.
- the act of stabbing.
- a thrust or blow with, or as if with, a pointed weapon.
- an attempt; try: Make a stab at an answer before giving up.
- a wound made by stabbing.
- a sudden, brief, and usually painful, sensation: He felt a stab of pain in his foot. A stab of pity ran through her.
- a stab in the back, an act of treachery.
- stab (someone) in the back, to do harm to (someone), especially to a friend or to a person who is unsuspecting or in a defenseless position.
Origin of stab
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Examples from the Web for stabbing
French officials were already on edge after a series of apparently unconnected attacks, including the stabbing of police officers.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
Are you the kind of criminal who runs down the beach at night wielding a knife and stabbing every woman you pass?I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
Forty-five minutes were estimated to have elapsed from the time the stabbing began until the killer left.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
He spoke of surviving a stabbing in 1958 when a woman attacked him at a book-signing.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year
October 16, 2014
Of course, to the family of a victim, one stabbing death is too many.How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter—and Why They’re All Wrong
May 27, 2014
Some of them tried it, but the Indians swam after them, stabbing and pulling them under.The Trail Book
She could scratch, kick, and bite—and stab too; but for stabbing she wanted a knife.The Secret Agent
He looked at her inquiringly, caught the direction of her stabbing finger.The Moon is Green
Fritz Reuter Leiber
The girl pulled the sheets from the machine and sorted them while I was stabbing the buzzer.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Stabbing with the pen, therefore, is not merely a metaphorical expression.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- (tr) to pierce or injure with a sharp pointed instrument
- (tr) (of a sharp pointed instrument) to pierce or woundthe knife stabbed her hand
- (when intr , often foll by at) to make a thrust (at); jabhe stabbed at the doorway
- (tr) to inflict with a sharp pain
- stab in the back
- (verb)to do damage to the reputation of (a person, esp a friend) in a surreptitious way
- (noun)a treacherous action or remark that causes the downfall of or injury to a person
- the act or an instance of stabbing
- an injury or rift made by stabbing
- a sudden sensation, esp an unpleasant onea stab of pity
- informal an attempt (esp in the phrase make a stab at)
Word Origin and History for stabbing
late 14c., first attested in Scottish English, apparently a dialectal variant of Scottish stob "to pierce, stab," of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of stub (n.) "stake, nail." Figurative use, of emotions, etc., is from 1590s. Related: Stabbed; stabbing.
"wound produced by stabbing," mid-15c., from stab (v.). Meaning "a try" first recorded 1895, American English. Stab in the back "treacherous deed" is first attested 1916.