jab Noun In American English, the word "jab" is also used when someone is bothering someone else, what is commonly known as "verbal jabs". "Don't throw jabs at me" and "Quit jabbing!" are popular sayings. This may be because the verbal annoyances are not substantial attacks, and are similar to a boxing jab in that they are only annoying (not a knockout blow).
jab Verb To poke or thrust abruptly, or to make such a motion.