[jab] /dʒæb/

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.


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