Meaning of “jab” in the English Dictionary

"jab" in British English

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uk /dʒæb/ us /dʒæb/ -bb-

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to push or hit something forcefully and quickly, often with a thin or sharp object:

The doctor jabbed the needle into the dog's leg.
Watch out! You nearly jabbed me in the eye with your umbrella!
He was jabbing a finger at (= towards) them and shouting angrily.

[ I ] to make quick forceful hits with your fist (= closed hand) when boxing

[ T ] to kick a ball hard and quickly:

He jabbed the ball into the net in the final minute of the game.

jabnoun [ C ]

uk /dʒæb/ us /dʒæb/

a quick hard push or hit:

She gave me a sharp jab in the ribs with her elbow to stop me from saying any more.
The boxer was floored by a punishing left jab.

UK informal an injection :

a flu jab
You'll need some jabs if you're going to Egypt.

(Definition of “jab” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jab" in American English

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jabverb [ I/T ]

us /dʒæb/ -bb-

to push at something hard and quickly with a finger or a thin, pointed object:

[ T ] I jabbed my finger on the needle.
[ I ] He jabbed at his food with his fork.

To jab is also to hit someone hard and quickly with a tightly closed hand.

noun [ C ] us /dʒæb/

He gave his opponent a quick jab in the ribs.

(Definition of “jab” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)