Definition of "jab" []

  • To poke or thrust abruptly: jabbed a knife into the log. (verb-transitive)
  • To stab or pierce: jabbed the steak with a fork. (verb-transitive)
  • To punch (someone) with short blows. (verb-transitive)
  • To make an abrupt poking or thrusting motion: jabbed at the pickles with his fork. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deliver a quick punch. (verb-intransitive)
  • To poke or thrust sharply (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To strike with a quick short blow or blows (verb)
  • A sharp poke or stab (noun)
  • A quick short blow, esp (in boxing) a straight punch with the leading hand (noun)
  • An injection (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "jab" in a sentence
  • "McMaster's jab is notable because the rest of the Republican candidates for governor – not wanting to be weighed down by the Sanford saga - have so far tread lightly when handling questions about the governor."
  • "Besides the mandatory record label jab, all of Black Thought's punches are directed at himself, being a better man, seeking a stronger deity."
  • "I am disappointed to see that negativity upheld by Non Sequitur, but I have to admit that jab is well deserved by the slobs who use the anonymity and remoteness of the field to conduct themselves poorly."