Definition of stabby in English:

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stabby

Pronunciation: /ˈstabi/

adjective (stabbier, stabbiest)

informal
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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  • Last night I woke up around 4am with this horrible stabby feeling deep down in my left ear.
  • Sometimes his head is stabby and migrainous.
  • I slept funny last night - left shoulder stabby.
1.1(Of popular music) characterized by staccato interjected phrases: a stabby guitar riff
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  • A lovely EP: exciting quick bits with stabby guitar.
  • Track two kicks off with a cutting Wilko Johnson style stabby guitar riff and rolls along with a catchy chorus.
  • Somewhat arty post-glam stabby guitars and twitchy rhythms, all performed at a ridiculously uptempo rate.
2(Of a person) very angry; furious: It’s not even 8 a.m. and I’m feeling stabby
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  • No, I'm not saying that the very air of the region makes rational decent people feel stabby.
  • This conversation is making me stabby.
  • So I'll admit, sometimes when I hear the current conversation about video I get a little stabby.

Origin

1980s: from stab + -y1.

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