- to poke, or thrust abruptly or sharply, as with the end or point of a stick.
- to punch, especially with a short, quick blow.
- a poke with the end or point of something; a sharp, quick thrust.
- a short, quick punch.
Origin of jab
Examples from the Web for jab
Maybe you think Botox is no big deal—a quick lunchtime jab to freshen up the face?Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces
May 25, 2014
This could be construed as a jab at Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who is actively considering both.Forget the White House, Marco Rubio Might Be Lucky Just to Be Reelected
May 16, 2014
There was the jab at a blue-haired Liza Minnelli, claiming she was a man in drag masquerading as the Oscar winning legend.Surprise! Ellen DeGeneres is the Best Oscars Host in a Decade
March 3, 2014
A man was restraining him from behind while, to his horror, he said, he saw another leaning in to jab a syringe into his arm.Egypt’s Vanished: Victims of State Security Force Kidnappings?
September 18, 2012
Even Gingrich, after complimenting Cain's attempt to simplify a complex idea, took a jab at the pizza guy.GOP Debate Live Updates
October 18, 2011
Cochise let go the ladder with one hand to jab his knife at Lennon's leg.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
A jab from someone's elbow had decorated Dulcie Vale with a black eye.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
He shortened his right arm for a jab like the crash of a pile-driver.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
We can jab it off its hook with a billiard-cue, I should think, Moke.The Right Stuff
If I see another one, I'll jab him with one of these knitting needles.Tom Slade with the Colors
Percy K. Fitzhugh
- to poke or thrust sharply
- to strike with a quick short blow or blows
- a sharp poke or stab
- a quick short blow, esp (in boxing) a straight punch with the leading hand
- informal an injectionpolio jabs
Word Origin and History for jab
1825, "to thrust with a point," Scottish variant of job "to strike, pierce, thrust," from Middle English jobben "to jab, thrust, peck" (late 15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps echoic. Related: Jabbed; jabbing.
1825, from jab (v.). Meaning "a punch with the fist" is from 1889. Sense of "injection with a hypodermic needle," beloved by headline writers, is from 1914.