Synonyms of stab in English:

stab


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See Spanish definition of puñalada

verb

1‘he stabbed him in the stomach’

SYNONYMS
knife, run through, skewer, spear, bayonet, gore, spike, stick, impale, transfix, pierce, prick, puncture, penetrate, perforate, gash, slash, cut, tear, scratch, wound, injure
rare transpierce

2‘she stabbed at the earth with a fork’

SYNONYMS
lunge, thrust, jab, poke, prod, dig

noun

1‘a stab in the leg’

SYNONYMS
knife wound, puncture, gash, slash, incision, prick, cut, perforation, wound, injury

2‘they gesticulated to us using violent stabs into the air’

SYNONYMS
lunge, thrust, jab, poke, prod, dig, punch

3‘little stabs of pain shot through her’

SYNONYMS
twinge, pang, ache, throb, spasm, cramp, dart, blaze, prick, flash, thrill, gnawing

4‘Meredith made a feeble stab at joining in’

SYNONYMS
attempt, try, effort, endeavour
guess
informal go, shot, crack, bash, whack
formal essay

Phrases

    stab someone in the back


    SYNONYMS
    betray, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, desert, break one's promise to, double-cross, break faith with, sell out, play false, inform against, inform on
    informal tell on, sell down the river, blow the whistle on, squeal on, peach on
    British informal grass on, shop, stitch up, do the dirty on
    North American informal rat out, finger, drop a dime on, drop the dime on
    Australian informal pimp on, pool, put someone's pot on