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jab

[jab] /dʒæb/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jabbed, jabbing.
1.
to poke, or thrust abruptly or sharply, as with the end or point of a stick.
2.
to punch, especially with a short, quick blow.
noun
3.
a poke with the end or point of something; a sharp, quick thrust.
4.
a short, quick punch.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; variant, orig. Scots, of job2
Related forms
jabbingly, adverb
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Examples for jab
  • The only head punch that a fighter is susceptible to is a jab to the top of the head.
British Dictionary definitions for jab

jab

/dʒæb/
verb jabs, jabbing, jabbed
1.
to poke or thrust sharply
2.
to strike with a quick short blow or blows
noun
3.
a sharp poke or stab
4.
a quick short blow, esp (in boxing) a straight punch with the leading hand
5.
(informal) an injection polio jabs
Derived Forms
jabbing, adjective
jabbingly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: originally Scottish variant of job
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Word Origin and History for jab
jab
1825, "to thrust with a point," Scot. variant of job "to strike, pierce, thrust," from M.E. jobben "to jab, thrust, peck" (c.1490), of unknown origin, perhaps echoic. Noun meaning "a punch with the fist" is from 1889. Sense of "injection with a hypodermic needle" is from 1914.
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