Definition of jab jab in English:

jab jab

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noun

West Indian
A devil, in particular as represented in a carnival masquerade.
More example sentences
  • There was the ole mas, the jab jab, the stickmen, the small bands going up and down the one-street town.
  • I also liked Edwards’ nod to T & T Carnival in the costumes of the jab jabs whose cracking whips made the air electric during Jesus’ flaying under Pilate.
  • Around the occasion, a colorful cast of Carnival characters grew up – devils called Jab Jabs (from the French ‘diable’), human donkeys called burrokeets, bandits called Midnight Robbers, clowns called Pierrot Grenade, giants on stilts called Moko Jumbies.

Origin

French Creole, from French diable diable 'devil devil'.

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