US: /ˈstæb/
UK: /stˈæb/

English Vietnamese dictionary

stab /stæb/
  • danh từ
    • sự đâm bằng dao găm; vết thương đâm bằng dao găm, nhát đâm bằng dao găm
    • (nghĩa bóng) điều làm cho đau lòng; điều xúc phạm đến tình cảm
    • (từ lóng) sự cố gắng; sự làm thử
    • a stab in the back
      • điều vu khống; sự nói xấu sau lưng
    • đòn ngầm, nhát đâm sau lưng
    • ngoại động từ
      • đâm (ai) bằng dao găm
      • (nghĩa bóng) làm cho đau đớn (người nào, lương tâm, tình cảm...)
      • chọc rỗ (gạch) trước khi trát vữa
      • nội động từ
        • đâm bằng dao găm
          • to stab at someone: đâm ai bằng dao găm
        • nhằm đánh vào
          • to stab at someone's reputation: nhằm làm hại thanh danh ai
        • đau nhói như dao đâm
        • to stab someone in the back
          • vu khống ai; nói xấu sau lưng ai
        • đòn ngầm ai

      Advanced English dictionary

      verb, noun
      + verb (-bb-)
      1 [VN] to push a sharp, pointed object, especially a knife, into sb, killing or injuring them: He was stabbed to death in a racist attack. + She stabbed him in the arm with a screwdriver.
      2 ~ (sth) (at sb)
      ~ sb/sth (with sth)
      ~ (sth) (at / into / through sth) to make a short, forceful movement with a finger or pointed object: [VN] He stabbed his finger angrily at my chest. + She stabbed the air with her fork. + She stabbed her cigarette into the ashtray. + [V] (figurative) The pain stabbed at his chest.
      Idioms: stab sb in the back to do or say sth that harms sb who trusts you
      Synonym: BETRAY
      + noun
      1 an act of stabbing or trying to stab sb/sth; a wound caused by stabbing: He received several stabs in the chest. + She died of a single stab wound to the heart.
      2 a sudden sharp pain or unpleasant feeling: She felt a sudden stab of pain in the chest. + a stab of guilt / fear / pity / jealousy
      3 [usually sing.] ~ (at sth / at doing sth) (informal) an attempt to do sth: He found the test difficult but nevertheless made a good stab at it. + Countless people have had a stab at solving the riddle. + I've always enjoyed acting, but I'd like to have a stab at directing one day.
      Idioms: a stab in the back (informal) an act that harms sb, done by a person they thought was a friend: Her refusal to support his campaign was a real stab in the back.
      more at DARK n.

      Thesaurus dictionary

      1 stick, puncture, prick, lance, jab, pierce, run through, impale, gore, transfix, knife, bayonet, skewer, spike, spit, spear, pin; plunge, poke, thrust:
      In the melee, George was stabbed in the arm. It is said that she stabbed a fork into his hand.
      2 stab in the back. harm, betray, sell out, double-cross, give the Judas kiss, play false with:
      As soon as he had left, they stabbed him in the back by phoning the authorities.
      3 puncture, jab, thrust, (stab-)wound:
      The coroner's office reported that the body had six stabs in the abdomen.
      4 attempt, try, essay; guess, conjecture:
      Even if you are wrong, you lose nothing by making a stab at the right answer.
      5 pang, twinge, pain, ache, hurt, stitch:
      Doctor, I get a terrible stab of pain in my side when I turn that way.
      6 stab in the back. treachery, betrayal, double-cross, Judas kiss, kiss of death, duplicity:
      Informing on someone to the tax inspector is a really nasty stab in the back.

      Collocation dictionary

      1 injury

      VERB + STAB

      the boy made a stab at the pig

      STAB + NOUN



      ~ at

      2 sudden pain


      sharp, sudden

      VERB + STAB



      ~ of
      He felt a sharp stab of disappointment.

      3 attempt


      brave, good | unsuccessful

      VERB + STAB

      have, make, take


      ~ at
      I had a stab at answering the question.

      Concise English dictionary

      +a sudden sharp feeling
      +a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
      +informal words for any attempt or effort
      +use a knife on
      +stab or pierce
      +poke or thrust abruptly