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jab

[jab]
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:
1815–25; variant, orig. Scots, of job2

jabbingly, adverb
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jab (dʒæb)
 
vb , jabs, jabbing, jabbed
1.  to poke or thrust sharply
2.  to strike with a quick short blow or blows
 
n
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
 
[C19: originally Scottish variant of job]
 
'jabbing
 
adj
 
'jabbingly
 
adv

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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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