- An incident in which a person is stabbed.
- A stabbing took place in the alley last night.
- The hospital receives many victims of stabbings.
- Present participle of stab.
Variant of stab
- 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, stabbing
- 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 ator take a stab at☆ Informal
to make an attempt at
stab in the back
- to harm (someone) by treachery
- an act of betrayal