Definition of “stab” - English Dictionary

“stab” in British English

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stabverb

uk /stæb/ us /stæb/ -bb-

B2 [ T ] to injure someone with a sharp pointed object such as a knife:

She was stabbed several times in the chest.
He was jailed for 15 years for stabbing his wife to death.

[ I or T ] to make a short, forceful pushing movement with a finger or a long, thin object:

As she spoke she stabbed the air with her finger.
He stabbed at the meat with his fork.

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stabnoun [ C ]

uk /stæb/ us /stæb/

the act of pushing a knife into someone, or an injury caused by stabbing:

He was admitted to hospital with stab wounds.

a sudden feeling, especially an unpleasant one such as pain:

She felt a stab of envy when she saw all the expensive presents Zoe had been given for Christmas.

an action or remark that attacks someone's reputation:

Her criticism of the company's plans was a stab at the chairman himself.

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

“stab” in American English

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stabverb [ T ]

us /stæb/ -bb-

to injure someone using a sharp, pointed object:

He was stabbed with a fork.

stabnoun [ C ]

us /stæb/

the act of injuring someone with a sharp, pointed object:

He’s recovering from stab wounds.

A stab is also a sudden feeling:

Cheri felt a sudden stab of guilt.

A stab is also an attempt to do something that you may not be able to do:

I wouldn’t even take a stab at estimating its cost.

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