Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
  2. (noun, act) a quick short straight punch
  3. (noun, act) a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    he made a thrusting motion with his fist
  4. (verb, contact) poke or thrust abruptly
  5. (verb, contact) stab or pierce
  6. (verb, contact) strike or punch with quick and short blows

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Synonyms of Jab

dig, jabbing, poke, poking, prod, stab, thrust, thrusting

Alternate forms of Jab

Derivations: jab, jabbing

Hyponyms: goad, prick

Hypernyms: biff, clout, gesture, lick, poke, punch, slug, strike, thrust, touch, touching

Origin of the word Jab

  1. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Jab

jack off, jack up, jacob, jacobi, jaffa, jahvey, jap, jape, java, jazz up, jeep, jehovah, jhvh, jib, jibe, jiffy, jigaboo, jive, job, jockey cap, joppa, joseph, jove, juice up, jujube, jv

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