jab

When you jab someone, you poke that person. No one on the school bus wants to sit next to the kid who tends to jab people in their ribs with his sharp elbows.

You might accidentally jab a man on the elevator with your umbrella, or jab your annoying brother on purpose when he's talking with his mouth full at dinner. Another kind of jab is a quick, sharp punch, especially the kind you make in martial arts. The word comes from the Scottish job, "to strike, pierce, or thrust," which in turn is rooted in the Middle English jobben, "to jab or thrust."

DEFINITIONS OF: jab

1

v poke or thrust abruptly

“he jabbed his finger into her ribs”
Synonyms:
dig, poke, prod, stab
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

v strike or punch with quick and short blows

Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

v stab or pierce

“he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife”
Synonyms:
stab
Types:
goad, prick
stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

n a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

“he warned me with a jab with his finger”
Synonyms:
jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting
Type of:
gesture
motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

n a quick short straight punch

Type of:
biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
(boxing) a blow with the fist

n the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

Synonyms:
dig
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them
WORD FAMILY
USAGE EXAMPLES