Definition of stabby in English:



  • 1(of a pain) sudden and sharp.

    ‘when I got out of bed I felt a stabby pain in my left foot’
    • ‘My head is killing me, my neck feels out, my shoulders and back are one big sharp stabby ache, and someone is standing on my chest, making breathing difficult.’
    • ‘I have this weird stabby pain in my chest.’
    • ‘I slept funny last night - left shoulder stabby.’
    • ‘I have a nasty stabby pain in my lower right abdomen/pelvis, right above my hip bone.’
    • ‘Last night I woke up around 4am with this horrible stabby feeling deep down in my left ear.’
    • ‘Sometimes his head is stabby and migrainous.’
    • ‘Ok, random, stabby stomach pains can go away now.’
    1. 1.1 (of popular music) characterized by staccato interjected phrases.
      ‘a stabby guitar riff’
      • ‘Meindl returns with a stellar serving of thumping grooves, rolling basslines, stabby synths, dubbed-out chords, precision drum hits and more.’
      • ‘With its trademark big kicks, stabby riffs and chopped-up vocal sound all present, this remix certainly does the damage on the dancefloor.’
      • ‘Even though this track is really minimal, it has so much drive thanks to those stabby bongos.’
      • ‘Track two kicks off with a cutting Wilko Johnson style stabby guitar riff and rolls along with a catchy chorus.’
      • ‘A Loleatta Holloway sample bellows out among crowd cheers and stabby breakdowns.’
      • ‘A lovely EP: exciting quick bits with stabby guitar.’
      • ‘Somewhat arty post-glam stabby guitars and twitchy rhythms, all performed at a ridiculously uptempo rate.’
      • ‘The tune doesn't stray far from the sound we've come to expect from the French label: stomping drums supported by grinding electro-house bass and stabby synth melodies.’
      • ‘In their signature stabby synth, euro-friendly vocal format, Swedish House Mafia's Until Now is structured almost identically to their recent main stage sets.’
      • ‘As you would expect this track has huge stabby leads, massive riff and a cresendo that will without doubt leave your dance floor screaming for more.’
  • 2(of a person) very angry; furious.

    ‘It's not even 8 a.m. and I'm feeling stabby’
    • ‘From the long lines to the disorganized, crowded aisles to the stabby patrons, this store is sure to raise your blood pressure a few notches.’
    • ‘So I'll admit, sometimes when I hear the current conversation about video I get a little stabby.’
    • ‘It does indeed make me feel stabby when my husband steps right over that laundry basket waiting to go upstairs.’
    • ‘This conversation is making me stabby.’
    • ‘Then the bank has to go and make me stabby and I got really angry because I couldn't choke the person who was 'helping' me on the phone.’
    • ‘No, I'm not saying that the very air of the region makes rational decent people feel stabby.’
    • ‘I just travelled 60 miles for a meeting, only for it to be cancelled 5 minutes after it was supposed to start: this made me stabby.’
    • ‘You know what made me stabby tonight? Mosquitoes.’
    • ‘People who have been talking lately about "leadership," or the lack thereof on the Mets, make me feel stabby.’
    • ‘Also I cringe every time people use the phrase "flyover country": the phrase gets me all stabby.’


1980s: from stab + -y.