Definition of stabby in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstabi

adjective (stabbier, stabbiest)

  • 1(Of a pain) sudden and sharp: when I got out of bed I felt a stabby pain in my left foot
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    • My head is killing me, my neck feels out, my shoulders and back are one big sharp stabby ache, and someone is standing on my chest, making breathing difficult.
    • I have a nasty stabby pain in my lower right abdomen/pelvis, right above my hip bone.
    • I have this weird stabby pain in my chest.
  • 1.1(Of popular music) characterized by staccato interjected phrases: a stabby guitar riff
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    • A Loleatta Holloway sample bellows out among crowd cheers and stabby breakdowns.
    • Even though this track is really minimal, it has so much drive thanks to those stabby bongos.
    • The tune doesn't stray far from the sound we've come to expect from the French label: stomping drums supported by grinding electro-house bass and stabby synth melodies.
  • 2(Of a person) very angry; furious: It’s not even 8 a.m. and I’m feeling stabby
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    • You know what made me stabby tonight? Mosquitoes.
    • I just travelled 60 miles for a meeting, only for it to be cancelled 5 minutes after it was supposed to start: this made me stabby.
    • From the long lines to the disorganized, crowded aisles to the stabby patrons, this store is sure to raise your blood pressure a few notches.


1980s: from stab + -y1.

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