Meaning of jab jab in English:

jab jab


West Indian
  • A devil, in particular as represented in a carnival masquerade.

    ‘There was the ole mas, the jab jab, the stickmen, the small bands going up and down the one-street town.’
    • ‘I also liked Edwards’ nod to T & T Carnival in the costumes of the jab jabs whose cracking whips made the air electric during Jesus’ flaying under Pilate.’
    • ‘Around the occasion, a colorful cast of Carnival characters grew up – devils called Jab Jabs (from the French ‘diable’), human donkeys called burrokeets, bandits called Midnight Robbers, clowns called Pierrot Grenade, giants on stilts called Moko Jumbies.’
    • ‘While people in town are more familiar with the "dutty" mud and grease-covered jab-jabs with long tails and whips, in the country districts they were a more familiar sight dressed as "pretty devils".’


French Creole, from French diable diable ‘devil devil’.