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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 jabbed
  • Local and state officials jabbed fingers right back.
  • Occasionally he jumps out of his seat as if someone invisible had come up from behind and jabbed him.
  • Chimpanzees forcibly jabbed tools into hollow trunks or branches multiple times and smelled and/or licked them upon extraction.
  • Ginny's angry face seemed to scrunch up into a single point that jabbed at the fragile bubble of my lie.
  • He then turned the tables and jabbed the mosquitoes, inserting tiny electrodes into their sensors.
  • The eels hung back, waited till the coast was clear, and then furtively jabbed at their shrimp.
  • Rock has frequently jabbed at politicians of both parties in his stand-up routines.
  • In an instant, a doctor jabbed into her abdomen a thick needle attached to a syringe and pushed in a few cubic inches of air.
  • Finally, its head jabbed forward into the shallow water, making a small splash.
  • Some jabbed spikes holding lamps or candles into shoring timbers.
British Dictionary definitions for jabbed

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 jabbed
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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