- a wound made by piercing with a knife, dagger, or other pointed weapon
- a thrust, as with a knife or dagger
- a sudden sensation of anguish or pain
Origin of stabMiddle English stabbe, probably from stobbe, variant, variety of stubbe, stub
transitive verbstabbed, stab′bing
- to pierce or wound with or as with a knife, etc.
- to thrust or plunge (a knife, etc.) into something
- to go into in a sharp, thrusting way
- to make a thrust or piercing wound with or as with a knife
- to feel like a knife stabbing: said of pain
make a stab atInformal
to make an attempt at
stab in the back
- to harm (a friend, partner, etc.) by treachery
- an act of betrayal
verbstabbed, stab·bing, stabs
- To pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- To plunge (a pointed weapon or instrument) into something.
- To make a thrusting or poking motion at or into: stabbed the air with his fingers.
- To thrust with or as if with a pointed weapon: stabbed at the food with her fork.
- To inflict a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- A thrust with a pointed weapon or instrument.
- A wound inflicted with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- A sudden piercing pain.
- An attempt; a try: made a stab at the answer.
Origin of stabMiddle English stabben