Jab ( noun , verb )

(As a noun)

Jab ( noun )

  1. A quick, sharp blow or poke with a pointed object or the finger.
  2. A quick, short punch thrown with the lead hand in boxing or other combat sports.

Origin:

Early 19th century (as a verb in the sense "push quickly or suddenly"): probably imitative.

Examples:

  1. The boxer landed a jab to the opponent's face.
  2. She gave him a jab in the ribs with her elbow.
  3. He gave the door a jab to open it.
  4. The jab of the needle hurt more than she expected.
  5. The jab was so quick, the opponent didn't see it coming.

(As a verb)

Jab ( verb )

  1. A quick, sharp blow or poke with a pointed object or the finger.
  2. A quick, short punch thrown with the lead hand in boxing or other combat sports.

Origin:

Early 19th century (as a verb in the sense "push quickly or suddenly"): probably imitative.

Examples:

  1. The boxer landed a jab to the opponent's face.
  2. She gave him a jab in the ribs with her elbow.
  3. He gave the door a jab to open it.
  4. The jab of the needle hurt more than she expected.
  5. The jab was so quick, the opponent didn't see it coming.
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