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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. verb
    poke or thrust abruptly
    “he jabbed his finger into her ribs”
    synonyms: dig, poke, prod, stab
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    type of:
    thrust
    push forcefully
  2. verb
    strike or punch with quick and short blows
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    type of:
    strike
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  3. verb
    stab or pierce
    “he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife”
    synonyms: stab
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    types:
    goad, prick
    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
    type of:
    thrust
    push forcefully
  4. noun
    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    “he warned me with a jab with his finger”
    synonyms: jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting
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    type of:
    gesture
    motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
  5. noun
    a quick short straight punch
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    type of:
    biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
  6. noun
    the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
    synonyms: dig
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    type of:
    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
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