verb (used with or without object), jabbed, jabbing.
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.
verb jabs, jabbing, jabbed
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 injection: polio jabs
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.
[jey-buh l] /ˈdʒeɪ bəl/ noun 1. a son of Lamech, and the progenitor of nomadic shepherds. Gen. 4:20. a stream, a descendant of Cain, and brother of Jubal; “the father of such as dwell in tents and have cattle” (Gen. 4:20). This description indicates that he led a wandering life.
[juhb-uh l-poo r] /ˈdʒʌb əlˌpʊər/ noun 1. a city in central Madhya Pradesh, in central India. /ˌdʒʌbəlˈpʊə/ noun 1. a city in central India, in central Madhya Pradesh. Pop: 951 469 (2001)
[jah-bahr-ee] /dʒɑˈbɑr i/ noun 1. a male given name: from a Swahili word meaning “brave.”.
- Jab a vein
verb phrase To inject narcotics, esp heroin; shoot up: smoke marijuana or opium or jab a vein (1950s+ Narcotics)