verb (used with object), stabbed, stab·bing.
verb (used without object), stabbed, stab·bing.
Origin of stab
Synonyms for stab
Related Words for stab in the backabandon, backstab, betray, cross, deceive, double-cross, finger, trick
verb stabs, stabbing or stabbed
- (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
Word Origin for stab
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stab
- stab in the back, a
- make a stab at