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verb (used with object),jabbed, jab·bing.
  1. to poke, or thrust abruptly or sharply, as with the end or point of a stick or with the finger or elbow.

  2. to punch with a short, quick blow.

  1. Informal. to give (a person) a hypodermic injection, especially of a vaccine: Here’s a list of the countries you can visit if you haven’t been jabbed.I jab myself with insulin twice a day.

verb (used without object),jabbed, jab·bing.
  1. to poke or punch with a sharp, quick blow.

  1. a poke with the end or point of something; a sharp, quick thrust.

  2. a short, quick punch.

  1. Informal. a hypodermic injection, especially of a vaccine: Have you gotten your flu jab yet?

  2. Informal. an abrupt insult or critical remark: That guy has no problem responding with a sarcastic jab.

  3. a sudden and unpleasant sensation or emotion: I have jabs of pain, numbness, and tingling in my fingers.He knew she was happier now, but he still felt the slightest jab of guilt.

Origin of jab

First recorded in 1825–35; variant, originally Scots, of job2

Other words from jab

  • jab·bing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby jab

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British Dictionary definitions for jab


/ (dʒæb) /

verbjabs, jabbing or jabbed
  1. to poke or thrust sharply

  2. to strike with a quick short blow or blows

  1. a sharp poke or stab

  2. a quick short blow, esp (in boxing) a straight punch with the leading hand

  1. informal an injection: polio jabs

Origin of jab

C19: originally Scottish variant of job

Derived forms of jab

  • jabbing, adjective
  • jabbingly, adverb

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