- 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 Words for jabbingdig, punch, blow, buck, hit, bump, nudge, lunge, push, stab, bunt, jog, thrust, tap, prod
Examples from the Web for jabbing
Contemporary Examples of jabbing
One of those who remained said, with a jabbing finger, that mine was the argument of someone “unaware of his gender privilege.”Warning: This Column Will Offend You
April 28, 2014
He was in fine form, ducking and jabbing on a number of tough questions and even getting laughs on some of his wry responses.U.N. to Vote on Palestine
September 27, 2011
Historical Examples of jabbing
The boy on Lucretia is jabbing her with the spurs, and she's cutting up.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He shot out his left hand, jabbing at the swarthy face of the Mexican.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
His arm felt as though someone were jabbing it with a knife.Baseball Joe in the Big League
It will have to be jabbed in, but there are a lot of us ready to do the jabbing.Army Boys on the Firing Line
"Of course," said Carol, jabbing her hair pins in with startling energy.Prudence Says So
- 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 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.