Definition of jab verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

jab

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dʒæb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒæb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jab
BrE BrE//dʒæb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒæb//
 
he / she / it jabs
BrE BrE//dʒæbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒæbz//
 
past simple jabbed
BrE BrE//dʒæbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒæbd//
 
past participle jabbed
BrE BrE//dʒæbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒæbd//
 
-ing form jabbing
BrE BrE//ˈdʒæbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒæbɪŋ//
 
 
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(jabbing, jabbed) [transitive, intransitive] to push a pointed object into somebody/something, or in the direction of somebody/something, with a sudden strong movement synonym prod jab somebody/something (in something) (with something) She jabbed him in the ribs with her finger. jab something in something She jabbed her finger in his ribs. jab (at somebody/something) (with something) He jabbed at the picture with his finger. The boxer jabbed at his opponent. Word Origin early 19th cent. (originally Scots): variant of job ‘prod or stab’.Extra examples He jabbed a finger in her direction. She started jabbing at the calculator. The soldier jabbed a rifle into his ribs.
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