verb (jabs, jabbing, jabbed)[with object and adverbial]
- 1Poke roughly or quickly, especially with something sharp or pointed: she jabbed him in his ribs [no object]: he jabbed at the air with his fingerMore example sentences
- Mr Hoebig jabbed at it quickly with his bow, but had to return his attention to his playing.
- Ubdal found herself being jabbed at by rifles, and forced into her friends as the attacks advanced.
- The guy whacked at our van with his stick and jabbed at Austin's face through the glass as Mike drove us away.
- 1.1Roughly or quickly thrust (a sharp or pointed object) someone or something: she jabbed the fork into the earthMore example sentences
- Ketara repeated, picking up her fork and jabbing it into her salad.
- The way he was jabbing his fork at the pasta sort of showed his frustration with that too.
- Riana jabbed her fork at him before impaling another leaf of lettuce with it.
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- 1A quick, sharp blow, especially with the fist: a jab in the stomachMore example sentences
- Myst caught the fist but was still took the blow from the quick jab that followed.
- Using jabs to keep the bigger man at bay and hard rights to stun him time after time, Ellis handled Bonavena with surprising ease.
- Ali used his speed to avoid Cooper's hook and he used his jabs to open a severe cut over Cooper's eye.
- 1.1British • informal A hypodermic injection, especially a vaccination: an anti-tetanus jabMore example sentences
- Her mother Mandy, 38, has now urged all parents to have their children vaccinated with the MMR jab, which protects children against measles, mumps and rubella.
- Mrs Lloyd said her son developed symptoms of the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome eight days after receiving the MMR jab.
- A couple of weeks ago my son who has the same first name as me but he is M.A. Gray whilst I am M.P. Gray went to the surgery to have jabs etc. for his holiday in the Gambia.
- 1.2A sharp, painful sensation or feeling: a jab of envyMore example sentences
- A sharp jab of pain stabbed at her leg, and she heard an ominous crack.
- Gabrielle lay motionless on the ground, curled up in a ball, vainly trying to stop the ponding, flashes and sharp jabs of pain coming from all over her body, it seemed.
- A warm, stinging feeling had begun to spread about her shoulder, and sharp jabs of pain began attacking her knee.
early 19th century (originally Scots): variant of job2.