Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

stab

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb stab pronunciation in British English /stæb/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theystab
he/she/itstabs
present participlestabbing
past tensestabbed
past participlestabbed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to kill or hurt someone by pushing a knife or other sharp object into their body

    His brother was stabbed in the hand.

    stab someone to death:

    One fan was stabbed to death in a fight between gangs.

    1. b.

      stab

      or

      stab at

      [intransitive/transitive] to make a movement with your finger or a pointed object as if you are stabbing something, usually to emphasize something that you are saying

      ‘Here!’ she said, stabbing the book with her finger.

      stab at:

      He stabbed at the paper with his pen.

  2. 3
    [transitive] mainly journalism to quickly push or kick a ball somewhere

    The new striker ran up and stabbed the ball home.

phrase

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog