- 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
Related Wordsdig, punch, blow, buck, hit, bump, nudge, lunge, push, stab, bunt, jog, thrust, tap, prod
Examples from the Web for jabbed
“You people should be at the beach,” Dylan jabbed at his audience, cutting up on bald people.Bob Dylan, Joan Baez & More Music at 1963’s March on Washington
August 27, 2013
And on the far side of the wall would have been men who fired guns and waved torches and jabbed with spears.How to Capture an Elephant: Excerpt From Michael Daly’s ‘Topsy’
July 8, 2013
When Bieber jabbed at Siva Kaneswaran, a member of the Wanted, he connected.
First, he jabbed at Braun, who, without looking up from the script, dropped his hands to block.
The candidates, clearly worried about going too far, feinted and jabbed but threw no hard punches.Rick Santorum Defuses Time Bomb of Social Issues in CNN Debate
February 23, 2012
Augustine was so enthusiastic that she jabbed the poker into the stove harder than ever.L'Assommoir
Stan jabbed a slab of wood into the stove and slammed the door.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
You jabbed it into the small of the back and waked life that way.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
Cochise, following at his heels, cursed and jabbed his knife into Lennon's leg.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
"I jabbed him with this needle," said the doctor, with disgust.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
- 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 jabbed
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.