Pronunciation Noun

jab (plural jabs)

  1. A quick stab or blow; a poking or thrusting motion.
    • 1952, Bernard Malamud, The Natural, Chapter 9,
      He tore in for the ball, make a running jab for it and held it.
  2. (boxing) A short straight punch.
    • American Ward was too quick and too slick for his British rival, landing at will with razor sharp jabs and hooks and even bullying Froch at times.
  3. (British) A medical injection.
    Our dog was exposed to rabies, so the whole family went to a clinic to get our jabs.
  4. (British) A vaccination, whether or not delivered via conventional injection.
    • A 'painless' sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people.
  5. (US, figurative) A verbal annoyance.
  • Russian: уда́р
  • Spanish: golpe abrupto
Translations Translations Translations Verb

jab (jabs, present participle jabbing; past and past participle jabbed)

  1. To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion.
  2. To deliver a quick punch.
  3. (slang, UK) To give someone an injection
  • Russian: пырну́ть
  • Spanish: golpear
  • French: jaber
  • Russian: уда́рить

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