A diabetic jabs her finger to check her blood sugar.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to poke or thrust, as with a sharp instrument
- to punch with short, straight blows
Origin: var. of job
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verb jabbed jabbed, jab·bing, jabs verb, transitive
- To poke or thrust abruptly: jabbed a knife into the log.
- To stab or pierce: jabbed the steak with a fork.
- To punch (someone) with short blows.
- To make an abrupt poking or thrusting motion: jabbed at the pickles with his fork.
- To deliver a quick punch.
- A quick stab or blow.
- Sports A short straight punch in boxing.
Origin: Variant of job2.