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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He saw Gazzer's fingers jab ferociously into Simon's face.
▪ Connors jabbed his finger in the umpire's face.
▪ I jab his fist, deflecting it as I shuffle back.
▪ I jab smartly, snapping out into his unsuspecting face and make solid contact against his nose.
▪ Occasionally he would jab futilely at a passing luminous trail.
▪ Selecting a clear-looking spot she jabbed the fork into the earth and stood on the crossbar.
▪ The beat drops and Sister Souljah marches on, up and down the stage, jabbing at the audience with her finger.
▪ Uh, jabbed myself on the corner, jabbed myself with the corner.
▪ Your friend jabs his spear right at it, but he misses and the fish swims away.
▪ His left jab might have been the cleanest scoring punch of the entire championships.
▪ Council members took jabs and butted heads and bit off ears, figuratively speaking.
▪ A combination of pressure from civil libertarians and right-wing militias, interesting left-right jabs....
▪ Council members took jabs and butted heads and bit off ears, figuratively speaking.
▪ Eventually she manages to deliver a particularly nasty jab and he goes up.
▪ He puts you to sleep with those little jabs.
▪ Me thinking I'd probably got some filthy fever in spite of the jabs.
▪ The other clawed into it, mercilessly pecking while its prey squawked with weakening jabs of its beak.
▪ When the war ended he sought me out to offer me choice of jabs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Jab \Jab\ (j[a^]b), v. t. [Cf. Job.] To thrust; to stab; to punch. See Job, v. t. [Scot. & Colloq. U. S.]


Jab \Jab\, n. A thrust or stab. [Scot. & Colloq. U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1825, "to thrust with a point," Scottish variant of job "to strike, pierce, thrust," from Middle English jobben "to jab, thrust, peck" (late 15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps echoic. Related: Jabbed; jabbing.


1825, from jab (v.). Meaning "a punch with the fist" is from 1889. Sense of "injection with a hypodermic needle," beloved by headline writers, is from 1914.


n. 1 A quick stab or blow 2 (context boxing English) A short straight punch. 3 (context British English) A medical injection. 4 (context US figurative English) A verbal annoyance. vb. 1 To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion. 2 To deliver a quick punch. 3 (context slang UK English) To give someone an injection

  1. v. poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs" [syn: prod, stab, poke, dig]

  2. strike or punch quick and short blows

  3. stab or pierce; "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife" [syn: stab]

  4. [also: jabbing, jabbed]

  1. n. a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist" [syn: jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting]

  2. a quick short straight punch

  3. the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow; "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs" [syn: dig]

  4. [also: jabbing, jabbed]


JAB was an Australian punk rock that band formed in Adelaide in 1976. The band's original lineup consisted of Bohdan X (Bodhan Kubiakowski) on guitar and vocals, Ash Wednesday playing bass guitar, synthesizer and tapes, and Johnny Crash (Janis Friedenfelds) on drums and vocals. The band took its name from the first initials of the founding members. In 1977, Bob Stopa was recruited as a second guitarist, and Pierre Voltaire (Peter Sutcliffe) joined on bass, allowing Wednesday to concentrate on keyboards. JAB defied strict categorization and split audiences with their abrasive sound. The catchcry label for JAB among Adelaide's early music press was "synthetic shock rock"; one contemporary critic described them as "experimental, confrontational synthpunk". JAB have since been recognized as perhaps the first Australian band to marry electronica with a punk aesthetic and hard-edged guitar sound.

The band relocated to Melbourne in August 1977, joining the city's burgeoning punk scene and frequently playing live alongside local bands such as The Boys Next Door and X-Ray-Z. Bohdan later recalled, "They were very exciting times, we were changing the face of the music scene and we all knew it. .... All the bands on the scene just kind of found each other. Usually it was through playing together at places like the Tiger Lounge in Richmond, Bombay Rock in Brunswick and of course Bananas down in St Kilda." JAB signed to Suicide Records in January 1978, and two of their songs, "Blonde and Bombed" and "Let's Go", were included on the Lethal Weapons compilation. The band played their final show in August 1978 at the Crystal Ballroom (then known as the Seaview Ballroom), which was also the first gig ever played at the now iconic venue.

Bohdan X joined members of The Chosen Few to form Bohdan and the Instigators. He later issued several solo records, including the four-track, 12-inch EP, Fear of Flying, on Rumour Records in December 1983 and the mini-album, Kingsnake on Rampant Records in 1988. He also hosts a long running show on the community radio station 3RRR-FM.

Wednesday, Crash and Voltaire joined Sean Kelly (ex-Teenage Radio Stars) to form the first line-up of Models. Wednesday stayed with Models for a year, after which he played with The Metronomes, Modern Jazz and Crashland. He also issued a solo single in 1980, "Love by Numbers"/"Boring Instrumental", and became a touring member with the German band Einstürzende Neubauten.

Jab (disambiguation)

A jab is a type of punch used in the martial arts

Jab or JAB may also refer to:

  • Jab, an informal term for an injection
  • JAB, an Australian punk rock band
  • JAB Holding Company
  • Yelmek language, also known as Jab, a Papuan language of West Papua, Indonesia
  • Jab Murray (1892–1958), American football player

Usage examples of "jab".

He opened and cleaned the wounds with something that felt like a wire brush, stitched them up neatly, covered them all with aluminium foil and bandage, fed me a variety of pills then, for good measure, jabbed me a couple of times with a hypodermic syringe.

She watched Aunty Em repairing shoes, repairing trousers, jabbing the needle so hard that she sometimes stabbed herself with it.

One of them was a short, plump man, who wept piteously and bewailed his fate, even though his elite guards jabbed him with their spears, urging him to put on a better face for the crowds.

Stone viciously jabbed the elevator button as Nazario gave Burch a soulful glance back over his shoulder.

The netman jabbed his trident at the staring eyeholes of the helmet before him, simultaneously making a high cast of the bunched net.

There would be no more feints and jabs, no more combinations and exchanges.

One of the mechanical hands slung beneath his floating cylinder suddenly jabbed toward Boba Fett, the metal shimmering with the fury of his accusation.

One of the other fosterlings jabbed Benis in the ribs, and the young man looked angrily about.

The shouting, cheering, screaming, howling broil of men swept over the gateless walls, their jabbing spears and dripping swords leaving red ruin behind them, while shrieking panic fled before them.

The better diet, a certain amount of booze, plus the geriatric jabs worked their wonders.

Tair traded jabs with the third selkie guarding the door, while Cheen and Hok worried the fourth guard with spear and knife.

Human taunters threw brogans and coins, jabbed at them with old hooly sticks, anything at all to tease the stabbing horns of the chained beasts.

Pericles said, and he jabbed a thick finger, first at Sheriff Huck, then at me.

They would not have plunged like that if you had not jabbed at them in such an idiotish fashion!

I read the gauge, squinted up at the sun, and then jabbed a finger on an isobar to one edge of the map.