(noun, verb)


1. a sudden sharp feeling

- she felt a stab of excitement

Similar word(s): pang, twinge

Definition categories: feeling

2. a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

- one strong stab to the heart killed him

Similar word(s): thrust

Definition categories: act, blow

3. informal words for any attempt or effort

- he took a stab at forecasting

Similar word(s): shot

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

Sentences with stab as a noun:

- I'll give this thankless task a stab.

- a horn stab


1. use a knife on

Similar word(s): knife

Definition categories: contact, injure, wound

2. stab or pierce

Similar word(s): jab

Definition categories: contact, thrust

3. poke or thrust abruptly

Similar word(s): dig, jab, poke, prod

Definition categories: contact, thrust

Sentences with stab as a verb:

- If you stab him in the heart he won't live long enough to retaliate.

- to stab a dagger into a person

- He stabbed at my face with the twig but luckily kept missing my eyes.

- The snow from the blizzard was stabbing at my face as I skied down the mountain.

- to stab a person's reputation