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jim-dandy Alternative forms: jim dandy
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  1. (chiefly, US, colloquial) Excellent, outstanding.
    • {{circa}} , The Passing of Black Eagle : As its speed increased, and the black masses of chaparral went whizzing past on either side, the express messenger, lighting his pipe, looked through his window and remarked, feelingly: "What a jim-dandy place for a hold-up!"
    • 1960, , To Kill a Mockingbird, chapter 8 (Jem's first snowman): We could not wait for Atticus to come home for dinner, but called and said we had a big surprise for him. He seemed surprised when he saw most of the back yard in the front yard, but he said we had done a jim-dandy job. "I didn't know how you were going to do it," he said to Jem, "but from now on I'll never worry about what'll become of you, son, you'll always have an idea."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, colloquial) Something that is a very superior example of its kind of thing.
    • 1895, , The Red Badge of Courage, chapter 10:" The tattered man stood musing. "Well, he was reg'lar jim-dandy fer nerve, wa'n't he," said he finally in a little awestruck voice. "A reg'lar jim-dandy." He thoughtfully poked one of the docile hands with his foot. "I wonner where he got 'is stren'th from? I never seen a man do like that before. It was a funny thing. Well, he was a reg'lar jim-dandy."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) pajamas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) pajamas
jimmy Alternative forms: jemmy (in some senses) pronunciation
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Alternative forms: jemmy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in the plural only, dialectal, US, usually plural) Chocolate sprinkle used as a topping for ice cream, cookies, or cupcake.
  2. (slang) A marijuana cigarette.
  3. A device used to circumvent a locking mechanism; a slim-Jim.
  4. (slang) Royal Navy slang for First Lieutenant (Executive Officer)
  5. (US) A jemmy; a crowbar used by burglar to open windows and doors.
  6. (US, slang) A penis.
  7. (US, slang) A condom.
    • 2004, , Night Journey, Simon & Schuster (2004), ISBN 0743244184, page 158: "The next time you hook up with somebody," Lovie was saying, "you better wear a jimmy, boy. …
  8. (rare) A male crab; a cock.
  • Using jimmies to refer to chocolate sprinkles is considered offensive in the Southern US.
Synonyms: (marijuana cigarette) see also ., (sprinkles) hundreds and thousands (UK), sprinkles, (penis) see also ., (condom) see also .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pry (something, especially a lock) open with or as if with a crowbar.
    • {{rfdate}} Raymond Chandler, "The Big Sleep": The kitchen window had been jimmied.
jimmy cap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A condom.
    • 2010, & , I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple, Ballatine Books (2010), ISBN 9780345524997, page 132: Giuliana: Oh please, fine, when we did it that night without a jimmy cap...
Synonyms: See also .
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jimmy hat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) condom
Jimmy Woodser etymology From a poem by Barcroft Boake, published in of 7 May 1892, about a fictional Jimmy Wood from Britain who is determined to end the practice of shout (buying rounds of drinks for one′s group of mates).“Woodser, Jimmy”, in '''1970''', Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, reprint 1979, ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, page 567. One man one liquor! though I have to die A martyr to my faith, that′s Jimmy Wood, sir. Another mooted derivation is the Sydney slang term Johnny Warder, after the similarly eponymous John Ward, a Sydney publican.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A man who drinks alone.
    • 1900, , They Wait on the Wharf in Black, in Over the Sliprails, Gutenberg eBook #1313, “What did you follow him below that time for, Mitchell?” I asked presently, for want of something better to say. Mitchell looked at me out of the corners of his eyes. “I wanted to score a drink!” he said. “I thought he wanted one and wouldn′t like to be a Jimmy Woodser.”
    • 1968, , (editors), The Vital Decade: Ten Years of Australian Art and Letters, [http//|%22Jimmy+Woodsers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22Jimmy+Woodser%22|%22Jimmy+Woodsers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ikOQT9O-EO2hmQWJhf3yAQ&redir_esc=y page 248], Not a bird in sight until I almost stepped on a solitary bleary eyed jimmy woodser pigeon staring or drinking at an oily puddle.
  2. (Australia, informal) A drink consumed alone.
    • 1988, , Issues 5602-5608, page 109, THERE WAS a man in a pub — a long, dark, scowling, string-bellied sort of joker drinking Jimmy Woodsers of rum and water — and his message, suitably censored, was this: he didn′t much care what beer-brokers did to, or with, their frightful brewery broth.
jingbang Alternative forms: jing-bang
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly, Scotland) thing, lot, shebang
    • 1886, , , : It made my heart bleed; but the men had a great respect for the chief mate, who was, as they said, "the only seaman of the whole jing-bang, and none such a bad man when he was sober."
    • 1918–1920, , , : Bloom was pointing out all the stars and the comets in the heavens to Chris Callinan and the jarvey: the great bear and Hercules and the dragon, and the whole jingbang lot.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 16: And he called them Bloody Scotch savages, and was in an awful rage and at the term-time he had them sacked, the whole jing-bang of them, so sore affronted he had been.
Jints etymology Eye dialect for popular New York City pronunciation of giants
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (baseball, informal) Nickname for the , subsequently the .
    • 1914, Atlanta Constitution, "The Old-Time Fan Refers To the Jints' Little Napoleon As a...", May 17, 1914
    • 1951, New York Times, "VOICE OF FLATBUSH GOES UP AND DOWN; Loud Shouts of Morning Fall to...", Oct 2, 1951 The folks were quite happy about Sunday's thrilling reprieve in Philadelphia and happily confident that "d' Bums'll moider dem Jints"
    • 1952, New York Times, "Sports of the Times; Wait Till Next Year", Sep 4, 1952 He did about as well as could be expected with the Jints, though the halo he gained lastseason was knocked slightly askew in the process.
    • 2000, G. Richard McKelvey, The MacPhails: Baseball's First Family of the Front Office, page 38 The faithful cheered loudly for their beloved Bums; they jeered loudly at the others teams, especially if they were the hated "Jints" from the Polo Grounds.
    • 2001, G. Richard McKelvey, The Bounce: Baseball Teams' Great Falls and Comebacks page 100 The Polo Grounds, which had been the site of many fierce battles between the "Jints" and the "Bums," was not friendly to the home team.
    • 2007, Curt Smith, The Voice: Mel Allen's Untold Story, page 111 To his credit, Allen could not imagine the Jints or Bums unabiding on New York's behalf. "New York is fully capable of supporting three clubs."
  2. (American football, informal) .
    • 2000, James Patterson, The Midnight Club, page 101 On Sunday it would be even more drinking, plus the Times, and the pitiful "Jints" on TV.
  3. (US, sports) Nickname for many teams with name including Giants.
jip pronunciation
  • (Ireland) /ˈdʒɪp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, colloquial) Ejaculated semen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of gyp
jism Alternative forms: gism, jiz, jizz, jizzum etymology First attested with the meaning "energy" in 1842, and with the meaning "semen" in 1899.{{}} A fusion of what were originally two separate terms: "gism" and "jazz". For semantic development, compare spunk. pronunciation
  • /ˈdʒɪzəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Spirit or energy.
  2. (vulgar, slang) Semen.
    • 1981, , Rabbit is Rich “… the girls in blue movies rub their faces in jism
  • Jims
etymology 1 Initialism of just in time.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, transitive) To compile (program code for a virtual machine) immediately when needed, as part of the execution process.
etymology 2 Shorting of jitterbug.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, prison slang, pejorative) An inexperienced, foolhardy young man
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A style of Zimbabwean dance music (as the Bhundu Boys) played with drums and guitar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, British) alternative spelling of gitty (the narrow passage between rows of terraced houses or a fenced or hedged pathway linking two areas of a village).
The term is used in the English Midlands, also used in mining communities in the South-East of England, notably Aylesham.
jive pronunciation
  • /ˈdʒaɪv/
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etymology 1 Unknown. Slang attested in African-American and rural-American culture. Frequently used to imply lying, verbal deception or trickery. Possible historical antecedent: see gyve
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive, US, colloquial) To deceive; to be deceptive. Don’t try to jive me! I know where you were last night!
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To dance. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life; ooh, see that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen! (, "")
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dance style popular in the 1940–50s.
  2. Swing, a style of jazz music.
  3. A slang associated with jazz musicians; hepcat patois or hipster jargon.
  4. (US, colloquial) Nonsense; transparently deceptive talk. Don’t give me that jive. I know where you were last night.
  5. (US, colloquial, often pejorative) African American Vernacular English.
etymology 2
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US) alternative spelling of jibe
"Jive" and "jibe" have been used interchangeably in the U.S. to indicate the concept "to agree or accord." While one recent dictionary accepts this usage of "jive," most sources consider it to be in error. See also jive turkey for related expression.
adjective: jive-ass
  1. (slang) Worthless, unreliable
    • 2010, , 00:07:35 -- "He's failed at every jive-ass money hustle he's ever tried".
noun: jive-ass
  1. (slang) Insincere, unreliable person
    • 2002, A Bad Attitude: A Novel from the Vietnam War, by Dennis Mansker, page 88 The other guy, Private Appleton, White calls a “Detroit jive-ass” with a chip on his shoulder for everyone.
jive turkey etymology Coined in the 1970s, African-American.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, dated slang) Someone who is jiving, as in dancing. Often applied to people being funny or showy.
  2. (US, idiomatic, dated slang) Someone who is jiving, as in behaving in a glib and disingenuous fashion.
jizz pronunciation
  • /ˈdʒɪz/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 There are several theories as to the etymology of “jizz”:
  • From the military term GIS.
  • Possible contraction of just is (in the sense that a particular bird species “just is” that species).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ornithology) The unique characteristics of a bird species that enable it to be immediately identified by an experienced birdwatcher who has seen that bird before and is familiar with its appearance and behaviour.
    • 1922, T A Coward, "Bird Haunts and Nature Memories", London: Warne. A West Coast Irishman was familiar with the wild creatures which dwelt on or visited his rocks and shores; at a glance he could name them, usually correctly, but if asked how he knew them would reply ‘By their "jizz".’.
    • 2009, Jeremy Mynott, "Birdscapes", Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. Political cartoonists rely a lot on jizz. When a new president or prime minister comes into office it usually takes the cartoonists a little while to decide which features to select as field marks but they then stylise these in ways that make them instantly recognisable to the rest of us, even though they may be grossly exaggerated.
etymology 2 Variation or shortening of jism. Alternative forms: gism, jism, jiz, jizzum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Male ejaculate; sperm, semen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate; to eject semen.
  2. (transitive, slang) To ejaculate on, over, or into; to cover in semen.
Synonyms: See also
jizz bucket Alternative forms: jizz-bucket etymology jizz + bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) slut, cum dumpster
jizzer etymology jizz + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) One who ejaculate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A contemptible person; a fool.
  2. A rag or cloth used to clean up semen.
Synonyms: cum towel
jizzy etymology jizz + y pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Covered with ejaculate I threw my jizzy sheets in the washing machine before my mum would find them.
  2. (slang) As or having the qualities of semen No offense or anything, but this soup tastes a little jizzy. You'd better not have put any special ingredients in here.
Synonyms: spunky
job etymology From the phrase jobbe of work "piece of work", from Middle English jobbe. Of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Middle English gobbe "lump, mouthful", Middle English jobben, or Middle English choppe. More at gob, jab, chop pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /dʒɒb/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /dʒɑb/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A task. exampleI've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?
    • 1996, Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Maguire And it's my job to take care of the skanks on the road that you bang.
  2. An economic role for which a person is paid. exampleThat surgeon has a great job. exampleHe's been out of a job since being made redundant in January.
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  3. (in noun compounds) Plastic surgery. exampleHe had had a [[nose job|nose job]].
  4. (computing) A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer).
  5. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
  6. A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
  7. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
  8. A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).
  • Adjectives often applied to "job": easy, hard, poor, good, great, excellent, decent, low-paying, steady, stable, secure, challenging, demanding, rewarding, boring, thankless, stressful, horrible, lousy, satisfying, industrial, educational, academic.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
    • Moore Authors of all work, to job for the season.
  2. (intransitive) To work as a jobber.
  3. (intransitive, professional wrestling slang) To take the loss.
  4. (transitive, trading) To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
  5. (transitive, often, with out) To subcontract a project or delivery in small portions to a number of contractors. We wanted to sell a turnkey plant, but they jobbed out the contract to small firms.
  6. (intransitive) To seek private gain under pretence of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
    • Alexander Pope And judges job, and bishops bite the town.
  7. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument. {{rfquotek}}
  8. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument. {{rfquotek}}
  9. To hire or let in periods of service. to job a carriage {{rfquotek}}
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Job's comforter etymology From the Bible Job 16.2 where Job's supposed friends offered advice that was not helpful.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who, in trying to offer help or advice, says something that simply adds to the distress. Only a Job's comforter would try to argue that yesterday's stock fall announcement could bring anything good.
  2. (obsolete, slang) A boil.
jobber pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) One who works by the job and recruit other people(as in the 19th Century).
  2. (business) An intermediary who buys and sells merchandise.
  3. (US, business) A type of intermediary in the apparel industry, as well as others, who buys excess merchandise from brand owners and manufacturers, and sells to retailers at prices that are 20-70% below wholesale. Because of the negative connotations of the word "jobber," they are now referred to by the more politically-correct term - "Off-price specialists."
  4. (British, finance) A market maker on the stock exchange
  5. (obsolete, UK, finance) A promoter or broker of stock for investment. An act to restrain the number and ill practice of brokers and stock jobbers: 8 & 9 Wm. 3, ch. 32 (1697) [legislation of English parliament]
  6. (professional wrestling slang) a performer whose primary role is to lose to established talent.
  7. A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something the name of which one cannot recall).
Synonyms: (wrestling) jabroni
jobbie Alternative forms: jobby etymology From job + ie. pronunciation
  • (Scotland) /ˈdʒɔbi/
  • (UK) /ˈdʒɒbi/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, slang) Faeces; a piece of excrement.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 85: Ye had to watch no to step in mud or a puddle or else in jobby, dogs were aye doing jobbies, or else ye watched for broken glass.
  2. Generic object, thing. "Have a look at that jobbie!"
  3. (UK, informal) a job, normally a task rather than a form of employment for which one is paid. I'll take care of the pasta jobbie, don't worry about that.
Joburg {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Jo'burg
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (chiefly, South Africa, Zimbabwe, colloquial) Johannesburg.
Jock etymology Believed to be a Scots variant of Jack. Because of its specific association with Scotland, the British English slang term is believed by most sources to be derived from the frequency of the use of the given name in Scotland, rather than from the "common man" etymology.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A nickname.
    • 1975 Robertson Davies: World of Wonders ISBN 0670817902 page 736: - - - If you want a Scotch name why don't you call him Jock?" Macgregor looked disgusted. "Because Jock is not a name, but a diminutive, as everybody knows well. It is the diminutive of John. And John is not a Scots name. The Scots form of that name is Ian. If you want to call him Ian Fetch, I shall say no more.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) a Scot
Some speakers consider the term pejorative. Others consider it no more pejorative than, for example, the similar generic use of "Joe".
etymology 1 Unknown. Suggested to be a hypocoristic for John. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, archaic) A common man.
  2. (British, slang, pejorative) A Scotsman.
etymology 2 The computer slang meanings are derived from jockey. The athletic slang meanings in turn date from the middle 20th century and are simple abbreviations of jockstrap, which is in turn derived from the older slang meaning of jock itself, which dates from the 17th century, and whose etymology is unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare, dated) The penis.
  2. An athletic supporter worn by men to support the genitals especially during sports, a jockstrap.
  3. (US, slang) A young male athlete (through college age).
  4. (US, slang, pejorative) An enthusiastic athlete or sports fan, especially one with few other interests. A slow-witted person of large size and great physical strength. A pretty boy that shows off in sport.
  5. (US, slang, computing) A specialist computer programmer usage note: Usually the noun is part of a noun phrase explicitly denoting the particular speciality, such as a "compiler jock" or a "systems jock". Usage of the word alone with this meaning is rare.
etymology 3
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to masturbate
  2. (slang) to humiliate
  3. (slang) to steal
Synonyms: (to masturbate) jack off, jerk off, jock off, wank, wank off, (to humiliate) punk, (to steal) gank
jockette etymology jock + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) The female equivalent of a jock.
jockey {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdʒɒki/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who ride racehorse competitively.
  2. That part of a variable resistor or potentiometer that rides over the resistance wire
  3. An operator of some machinery or apparatus.
  4. (dated) A dealer in horse; a horse trader. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (dated) A cheat; one given to sharp practice in trade.
  6. (UK, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
  7. (Ireland, crime, slang) A rapist.
Synonyms: (prostitute's client) see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To ride (a horse) in a race.
  2. To maneuver (something) by skill for one's advantage.
  3. To cheat or trick.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Scotland
related terms:
  • Jock
Jockney etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A Scot who lives in London.
    • 2002, T. C. Campbell, Reg McKay, The wilderness years (page 189) 'It's a Jockney pub,' he explains, making me wonder whether my thoughts were on air too. Sure enough, I ended up in the Globe. It was like a visit to the old Barras. It was like a little Glasgow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Rule by jock (athletic macho men).
    • 1976, Florynce Kennedy, Color Me Flo: My Hard Life and Good Times And I see a clear relationship between militarism, jockocracy, and sexism ... Everything in this country is a hustle, so why settle on sports or jockocracy?
    • 1990, Woman of Power Rhythm and blues for Black community radio, I Love Lucy for women, jockocracy for men, heroin for the junkies: Nielsen says they like it.
    • 1999, Joseph McBride, Steven Spielberg: A Biography "Big Spiel," as he came to call himself, formed his own tight little social circle in response to his exclusion from the jockocracy of Arcadia High School.
jockstrap {{wikipedia}} etymology jock + strap from the earlier forms bike jockey strap and jockey strap.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An athletic supporter worn by men to support the genitals during strenuous exercise.
jocky etymology jock + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Jocklike.
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jocose etymology From Latin iocōsus, from iocus.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. given to jest; habitually jolly
  2. playful; characterized by joking
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • jocosely
  • jocosity
  • jocular
  • jocund
jocular etymology From Latin iocularis, from ioculus, diminutive of iocus. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈdʒɒkjʊlə/
  • (US) /ˈdʒɑkjəlɚ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (formal) Humorous, amusing or joking. He was in a jocular mood all day. All we had was a short and jocular conversation.
    • 1865, , , chapter IV: From the tone of the speaker, the last words might be understood to be jocular.
    • 1896, , , chapter 15: Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight.
    • 1910, , : Then papa began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down.
Synonyms: (humorous) dismissive, jokey, unemotional, silly; see also
  • (humorous) heartfelt, serious, sincere
related terms:
  • joke
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Alternative name for jody calls.
Jody call etymology After Jody, a recurring character in some traditional cadence calls.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang) A cadence or cadence call, a traditional call-and-response work song sung by military personnel while running or marching.
    • Army Green: A Way of Life: The Enlisted Years, Dwight A. Beck, 1990, “No matter how tired they became, once someone in the ranks began a Jody call, the whole platoon would pick it up and everyone seemed to march a little taller.”
Synonyms: Jody cadence, Jody chant
Joe {{wikipedia}} etymology Diminutive form of Joseph and, less often, of Joel, Josiah and Josias pronunciation
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  1. A common nickname for Joseph, also used as a formal male given name.
    • 1981 , Second Movement, Nebula Winners: Science Fiction Writers of America, Harper&Row, 1981, ISBN 0060148306, page 207 "With a name like Joe," Joe always said, "I had to open a bar and grill, just so I could put up a sign saying 'Joe's Bar and Grill'."
  2. A given name, Joanne or Josephine.
related terms:
  • Jo
  • Joey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A male; a guy; a fellow I'm just an ordinary Joe.
joe pronunciation
  • /dʒoʊ/
etymology 1 From the proper name Joe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A male; a guy; a fellow. I'm just an ordinary joe.
etymology 2 Of uncertain origin. See cup of joe for more.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) Coffee.
    • 2010, Melody Carlson, A Mile in My Flip-Flops (page 221) Some people say I make the best joe in town. But you know there's a kiosk over on Eighteenth Avenue, not that far from here.
related terms:
  • cup of joe
Joe Blake etymology Australian rhyming slang. Alternative forms: joe blake
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A snake.
    • 1998, , , [http//|%22joe+blakes%22+snake+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9xyRT-ezLIb_mAXKtuHzAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22joe%20blake%22|%22joe%20blakes%22%20snake%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘…Snakes kill. Nobody fools around with Joe Blakes, girlie. Bloke who fools around with snakes is a flamin′ idiot.’
    • 2007, Archie Gerzee, WOW! Tales of a Larrikin Adventurer, [http//|%22joe+blakes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NBWRT7vZLOn-mAWt2YGJAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22joe%20blake%22|%22joe%20blakes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 68], There was Bill, holding the biggest flamin′ snake I have ever seen.…And away he trundles, with his Joe Blake wrapped around himself.
    • 2007, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//|%22joe+blakes%22+snake+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9RiRT-7RAqyamQXg9cXpAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22joe%20blake%22|%22joe%20blakes%22%20snake%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 7], “I really don′t think ...” Jim laughs, “I really don′t think the Russian knew the Joe Blake was in there when he passed you the pannikin at Kelly′s Bore. And then, when you drank from it —”
Joe College
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) A fictitious name used to designate the typical college student or to characterize a person as being a typical college student.
related terms:
  • John Doe
Joe Miller etymology After Joe Miller (actor) (1684–1738), the namesake of the 18th-century joke book Joe Miller's Jests.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A stale jest; a worn-out joke. It is an old Joe Miller in whist circles, that there are only two reasons that can justify you in not returning trumps to your partner's lead; i.e., first, sudden illness; secondly, having none. — Pole.
Synonyms: Joe Millerism
Joe Schmo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) alternative spelling of Joe Schmoe
Joe Schmoe Alternative forms: Joe Schmo, Joe Shmo, Joe Shmoe etymology Derivative of Joe (as in average Joe). Adding a schm- or shm- to the beginning of a word (see ) is meant to diminish, negate, or dismiss an argument (for instance, "rain, schmain, we've got a game to play"). This process was adapted in English from the use of the "shm" prefix in Yiddish to dismiss something; as in, "fancy, schmancy." While "Schmoe" (and alternate spellings) are thought by some linguists to be a clipping of Yiddish schmuck but not universally accepted.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, informal) The typical, everyday person who does not have any special status, frequently in contrast to some group.
Can be either derogatory or humorous.
Joe Shmoe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) alternative spelling of Joe Schmoe
Joe Sixpack
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) The “average person”.
  2. (slang, Internet) Somebody without particular expertise or interest in computer or the Internet; a nontechie.
John {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (male given name) Jon, (Gospel of St John) Joh. (abbreviation), (Epistles of John)
  • (First Epistle of John) 1 Joh. (abbreviation)
  • (Second Epistle of John) 2 Joh. (abbreviation)
  • (Third Epistle of John) 3 Joh. (abbreviation)
, (First Epistle of John) 1 Joh. (abbreviation), (Second Epistle of John) 2 Joh. (abbreviation), (Third Epistle of John) 3 Joh. (abbreviation)
etymology From Latin Iōhannēs (variant of Iōannēs), from New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης 〈Iōánnēs〉, from hbo יוֹחָנָן 〈ywòẖánán〉, perhaps contracted from a former יְהוֹחָנָן 〈yĕhwòẖánán〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /dʒɒn/
  • (GenAm) /dʒɑn/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}} {{book of the Bible}}
  1. A given name very popular since the Middle Ages.
    • 1852 D. H. Jacques, "A Chapter on Names", The Knickerbocker, or, New-York Monthly Magazine, Volume XL, August 1852, page 114: John is a most excellent name, and Smith is a surname which is worthy of respect and honor, but wo to the man on whom they are conjoined! For John Smith to aspire to senatorial dignities or to the laurel of a poet is simply ridiculous. Who is John Smith? He is lost in the multitude of John Smiths, and individual fame is impossible.
    • 1920, John Collings Squire, "Initials", Life and Letters: Essays, Hodder & Stoughton, pages 233-235: The name I refer to is John. It has been borne by many illustrious men and an innumerable multitude of the obscure. - - - It is as fixed as the English landscape and the procession of seasons. It never becomes wearisome or tarnished. Nothing affects it; nothing can bring it into contempt; it stands like a rock amid the turbulent waves of human history, as fine and noble a thing now as it was when it first took shape on human lips. It is a name to live up to; but if one who bears it sinks into disrepute it falls not with him, but rather stays in the firmament above him, shining down upon him like a reproachful star.
  2. (biblical) Either of two persons of great importance to early Christianity: John the Baptist and John the Apostle, identified with John the Evangelist.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}: There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospel.
  4. (biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistle of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
  5. {{surname}}
  6. (informal) Used frequently to form an idea personified John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
  7. (informal) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.
Synonyms: (name used to address a man whose actual name is not known (standard)) sir, (name used to address a man whose actual name is not known(colloquial or slang)) boy (especially to a younger man), bro (US, New Zealand), gov or guv (British), guvnor (British), Mac (US), man (especially US), mate (British, Australian), mister, son (to a younger man), buddy (Canada)
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • Jane
  • Jean
  • Joan
  • Joanna
  • Joanne
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  • Johnnie
  • Johnny
{{rel-bottom}} {{rel-top}}
  • Euan
  • Evan
  • Ewan
  • Iain
  • Ian
  • Ivan
  • Jack
  • Sean
  • Shane
  • Shaun
{{rel-bottom}} {{rel-top}}
  • Bevan
  • Bevans
  • Evans
  • Evens
  • Hance
  • Hancock
  • Hancocks
  • Hancox
  • Handcock
  • Hankin
  • Hankins
  • Hankinson
  • Hanks
  • Hann
  • Hansom
  • Hanson
  • Heaven
  • Heavens
  • Ianson
  • Ions
  • Ivins
  • Jack
  • Jackett
  • Jacks
  • Jackson
  • Jaggs
  • Jain
  • Jane
  • Janes
  • Janson
  • Jayne
  • Jaynes
  • Jean
  • Jeanes
  • Jeans
  • Jenkin
  • Jenkins
  • Jenkinson
  • Jenks
  • Jenn
  • Jennens
  • Jennett
  • Jenning
  • Jennings
  • Jennison
  • Jenns
  • Jeynes
  • Jinks
  • Johncock
  • Johns
  • Johnson
  • Johnston
  • Johnstone
  • Joinson
  • Jones
  • Jonson
  • Joynson
  • {{rank}}
john pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdʒɒn/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A prostitute's client.
    • 2004, Dennis Cooper, The Sluts, page 233 In the first part of the video, Thad sucks the john's cock and takes a load in his mouth.
    • 2013, McLachlin CJ, Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford (2013 SCC 72), para. 62 In-calls, where the john comes to the prostitute’s residence, are prohibited.
  2. (slang, US) A lavatory, toilet.
  3. (slang) An outhouse privy. Also johnny house.
  4. (slang) A name often used as a generic reference to a male of European, North-American, or Australian origin, while travelling in East Asia.
  5. A male mule.
Synonyms: (prostitute's client) see , (toilet) see
John Chinaman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now offensive) A Chinese man.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 193: My head was full of stories about John Chinaman: opium, slavery, how they ate the hands of Christian babies.
Johnny etymology John + y pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈdʒɑni/
  • (RP) /ˈdʒɒni/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A jack (the playing card)
  2. A nickname for Confederate soldiers, used by the Union soldiers in the (1861-1865).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A condom.
  2. (New Zealand, pejorative) An inexperienced new worker, usually an immigrant. Willie Cox said they found him in the barn, shot bang through the head, and the young English johnny who'd been on the station learning farming - disappeared. - "Millie", 1913 short story by Katherine Mansfield
  3. A gown with a back opening closed with snaps or ties, worn by hospital patients. Synonyms: hospital gown; patient gown
Synonyms: See also
johnny bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A condom.
    • 2011, Alison Irvine, This Road Is Red, Luath Press (2011), ISBN 9781906817817, page 114: Should he get johnny bags from his big brother's room?
Synonyms: See also .
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johnny cake
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) corn bread
    • 1922 : The little girls sat under the pines eating their thick mutton sandwiches and big slabs of johnny cake spread with butter. - , The Doll's House (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 353)
Johnny Crapaud
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur) A Frenchman.
Johnny Foreigner
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, derogatory) A foreigner, someone who is not British.
Johnny Reb Alternative forms: Johnnie Reb
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (obsolete, informal) A Confederate soldier in the American Civil War.
    • 1959, "Johnny Reb", Johnny Horton When Lincoln heard the news about the fall,All the folks thought he'd throw a great vict'ry ball,But he asked the band to play the song "Dixie"For you, Johnny Reb, and all that you believe.
  2. (by extension) The Confederacy in general
john school etymology john, slang term for a prostitute's client, and school
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A police-run program in which men arrested for solicit prostitute agree to attend lectures from former prostitutes as an alternative to paying a fine or spending time in jail.
johnson pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈdʒɑnsən/
  • (RP) /ˈdʒɒnsən/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Penis.
John Thomas etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) The penis.
Synonyms: See also
joined at the hip
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiom, informal) Closely connected, as in an intimate friendship.
joint {{wikipedia}} etymology The noun is from Middle English (attested since the late 13th century), from Old French joint (attested since the 12th century). The adjective (attested since the 15th century) is from Old French jointiz. Both Old French words are from Latin iunctus, the past participle of iungo. See also join, jugular. The meaning of "building, establishment", especially in connection with shady activities, appeared in Anglo-Irish by 1821 and entered general American English slang by 1877, especially in the sense of "opium den". The sense "marijuana cigarette" is attested since 1935. pronunciation
  • /dʒɔɪnt/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Done by two or more people or organisation working together. The play was a joint production between the two companies.
    • Shakespeare A joint burden laid upon us all.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The point where two components of a structure join, but are still able to rotate. This rod is free to swing at the joint with the platform.
  2. The point where two components of a structure join rigidly. The water is leaking out of the joint between the two pipes.
  3. (anatomy) Any part of the body where two bone join, in most cases allowing that part of the body to be bent or straighten.
  4. The means of securing together the meeting surfaces of components of a structure. The dovetail joint, while more difficult to make, is also quite strong.
  5. A cut of meat. Set the joint in a roasting tin and roast for the calculated cooking time.
  6. The part or space included between two joints, knots, nodes, or articulations. a joint of cane or of a grass stem; a joint of the leg
  7. (geology) A fracture in which the strata are not offset; a geologic joint.
  8. (originally slang) A restaurant, bar, nightclub or similar business. It was the kind of joint you wouldn't want your boss to see you in.
  9. (slang) (always with "the") prison I'm just trying to stay out of the joint.
  10. (slang) A marijuana cigarette. After locking the door and closing the shades, they lit the joint.
Synonyms: (point where two components join, but are able to rotate) hinge, pivot, (marijuana cigarette) See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare so as to fit together to joint boards, a jointing plane
    • {{rfdate}}, Alexander Pope Pierced through the yielding planks of jointed wood.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (transitive) To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.
    • {{rfdate}}, William Shakespeare Jointing their force 'gainst Caesar.
  3. (transitive) To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.
    • {{rfdate}} Ray The fingers are jointed together for motion.
  4. (transitive) To separate the joints; of; to divide at the joint or joints; to disjoint; to cut up into joints, as meat.
    • {{rfdate}} Dryden He joints the neck.
    • {{rfdate}} Holland Quartering, jointing, seething, and roasting.
  5. (intransitive) To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do. the stones joint, neatly.
etymology 1 joint + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having joint.
  2. (Irish, slang, of an entertainment venue) extremely full of people, packed, chockablock
    • 2008 Angela Phelan, "My Barbados beach date with the super rich" Irish Independent 19 January 2008: Needless to mention that Christmas, Easter and the Coolmore Golf Classic see the place jointed, but last weekend saw a huge Irish crowd celebrate the launch of Quintessentially, the world's leading private members' club and concierge service.
    • 2011 Donncha O'Callaghan, Joking Apart: My Autobiography [ISBN 1409045013] p.154: When I opened the door the place was jointed, packed with English players.
    • 2012 Eamonn Sweeney "Football series in league of its own" Irish Independent 27 May 2012: Looking at the shots of an absolutely jointed Dalymount Park, the feverish atmosphere still palpable, you could see why for my father's generation the Phibsboro ground would always be the spiritual home of Irish football.
    • 2014 Gavin O'Connor "Austin Stacks Club News" Tralee Today 5 August 2014: The landmark Hostelry at the Bottom of the Rock reopened over a week ago and has been ‘jointed’ ever since.
etymology 2 See joint (verb)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of joint
join the choir invisible etymology From a poem by George Eliot, .
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, chiefly, humorous) To die.
joke etymology from Latin iocus pronunciation
  • (UK) /dʒəʊk/
  • (US) /dʒoʊk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An amusing story.
    • Gay Or witty joke our airy senses moves / To pleasant laughter.
  2. Something said or done for amusement, not in seriousness. It was a joke!
    • Alexander Pope Enclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a joke.
  3. (figuratively) The root cause or main issue, especially an unexpected one
  4. (figuratively) A laughably worthless thing or person; a sham. Your effort at cleaning your room is a joke. The president was a joke.
  • Adjectives often applied to "joke": old, bad, inside, poor, silly, funny, lame, hilarious, stupid, offensive.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • jocular
coordinate terms:
  • comedy
  • limerick
  • parody
  • pun
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To do or say something for amusement rather than seriously. I didn’t mean what I said — I was only joking.
  2. (transitive, dated) To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally. to joke a comrade
related terms:
  • joker
joke around
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) (procrastinate, fool around, behave immaturely) bowdlerization of fuck around
  2. (informal) To kid, prank, joke
jokefest etymology joke + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A period or event that is full of joke.
joker {{wikipedia}} etymology joke + er pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈdʒəʊkə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈdʒoʊkɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who makes jokes.
  2. (slang) A funny person.
  3. A jester.
  4. A playing card that features a picture of a joker (that is, a jester) and that may be used as a wild card in some card games.
  5. An unspecified, vaguely disreputable person. Some joker keeps changing this web page.
  6. (New Zealand, colloquial) A man.
Synonyms: (jester): court jester, fool, jester
related terms:
  • joke
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of joke
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Really good
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of joke
joking pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈdʒowkɪŋ/
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of joke
  2. (British, US, Ireland, colloquial, transitive) Kidding, trying to fool. Twenty euro cover charge? You're joking me!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of telling or engaging in jokes.
    • Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop No low beatings and knockings about, no jokings and squeakings like your precious Punches, but always the same, with a constantly unchanging air of coldness and gentility…
  • jingko
jol etymology Shortened from jolly?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) party
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) to party
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of jolly
  2. (slang) Kicks; satisfaction; entertainment. I don't know if this is how you get your jollies, but it's pretty screwed up.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of jolly
jolly etymology From Middle English joli, jolif, from Old French joli, jolif[ Etymology] It is uncertain whether the Old French word is from Old Norse jól "a midwinter feast, Yule", hence "fest-ive" [ Etymology], in which case, equivalent to yule + ive; or ultimately from Latin gaudeō (see etymology at joy). For the loss of final -f compare tardy, hasty, hussy, etc. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdʒɒ.li/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) a pleasure trip or excursion
  2. (slang) A marine in the English navy.
    • Rudyard Kipling I'm a Jolly — 'Er Majesty's Jolly — soldier an' sailor too!
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (British, dated) very, extremely
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To amuse or divert.
jolly someone along
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To make someone happy or compliant, as by encouragement or flattery. When there was a shipping delay, the salesman jollied the purchasing agent along to keep him from canceling the order.
jolly well
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (Used for emphasis) (dated, humorous) certainly. You jolly well deserved it
jolt {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dʒɒlt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Maybe from Middle English jollen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To push or shake abruptly and roughly. The bus jolted its passengers.
  2. (transitive) To knock sharply; to deal a blow to.
  3. (transitive) To shock (someone) into taking action or being alert; as, to jolt someone out of complacency
  4. (transitive) To shock emotionally. Her untimely death jolted us all.
  5. (intransitive) To shake; to move with a series of jerk. The bus jolted along the stony path.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of jolting.
  2. A surprise or shock.
  3. (slang) A long prison sentence.
  4. (slang) A narcotic injection.
coordinate terms:
  • (prison sentence) bit
Jonah etymology From the Hebrew יוֹנָה 〈ywònáh〉. pronunciation {{book of the Bible}}
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
    • 2010 Maggie O'Farrell, The Hand That First Held Mine, Headline, ISBN 9780755308453, page 165: 'It's Jonah,' Ted says. Simmy considers this. 'As in the whale?' 'Yep.' 'You know,' Simmy says, 'that people are going to say that to him for ever more?' 'What? The whale thing?' 'Yes.' Ted shrugs again. 'Well. He'll get used to it. All names have got some associations. Anyway, he looks like a Jonah. And I like the name Jonah—' 'Obviously,' Simmy cuts in, 'since you chose it.'
  2. (biblical) A minor prophet who was cast into the sea and swallowed by a whale.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}: So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
  3. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  4. (Quran) The 10th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  5. (nautical, slang) A person who brings a ship bad luck.
  6. (slang, by extension of the nautical sense) Any person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx.
    • 1979, John Le Carré, Smiley's People, Folio Society 2010, p. 61: ‘My first agent, and he's dead. It's incredible. I feel like a complete Jonah.’
related terms:
  • Jonas
  • Jonasen
  • Jonasohn
  • Jonassen
  • Jonassohn
  • Jonasson
jones etymology Ed Boland, in , March 2002, attributes the term to heroin addicts who frequented Great Jones Alley in , off Great Jones Street between and ,Boland Jr. , Ed. [ "F.Y.I."], ''{{w|The New York Times}}'', March 17, 2002. Accessed October 8, 2007, “The slang term ''jones,'' meaning an addiction to drugs, is said to have originated among addicts who lived in Great Jones Alley, off Great Jones Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street.” although the slang term has obviously been around much longer. Dan Waldorf explains that the noun use originated from heroin users.''Cocaine Changes'', Dan Waldorf, 1992, p. 301 pronunciation
  • (US) /dʒoʊnz/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, now rare) Heroin.
    • 1965, Amiri Baraka, The Alternative, as cited in Peter Bruck (ed.), The Black American Short Story in the 20th Century, John Benjamins, p. 196 You mean you got a little Jones, huh? Was it good?
    • 1975, unknown author, Northwestern Reporter, p. 512 Defendant responded by saying he had some "Jones", a term used to describe heroin.
    • 2000, Ogden, Priest Opiast, Re: Questions about Percocet, Ativan & Xanax, alt.drugs.hard, You seem like a smart kid, and dont get me wrong here, we dont want to see you all fucked up, cracked out butt naked on 4th street in the bad side of town, lookin to fuck the 1st millionaire willing to fork over some jones money.
    • 2001, Terminus Est, Re: Nothing to Fear but Pain Itself,, Which erodes "quality of life" faster... debilitating chronic pain or a little jones?
  2. (US, slang) An addiction or intense craving. I’ve got a basketball jones!
    • 1965, Claude Brown, Manchild in the Promised Land, MacMillan, p. 262 ... I've got a jones," and she dropped her head.
    • 1992, Lawrence Block, A Dance at the Slaughterhouse, HarperCollins, p. 93 "On the Deuce," he said, "everybody got a jones. They got a crack jones or a smack jones, ..."
    • 1992, Anonymous as cited in Dan Waldorf, Cocaine Changes, Temple University Press, p. 126 And I went through a kind of withdrawal jones thing and drank a bunch and then took a Valium, and it comes in waves.
    • 2003, Ken Hughes in Jim Aikin (ed.), Software Synthesizers: The Definitive Guide to Virtual Musical Instruments, Backbeat Books, p. 64 If you have a jones for one of these old tape-tanglers but lack the cash, space, and/or patience necessary to acquire, house and maintain one, consider M-Tron.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) Have an intense craving. I’m jonesing for some basketball.
    • 1989, Beastie Boys, Shake Your Rump, 0:06 A lot of people they be jonesing just to hear me rock the mic / They'll be staring at the radio, staying up all night
    • 1995, James Lee Burke, Burning Angel, Hyperion, p. 126 ... when it's their turn to talk, they speak in coonass blue-collar accents about jonesing for crack and getting UA-ed by probation officers.
    • 1997, David Sedaris, “True Detective”, in : “I have to go now,” she’d say to the grocery clerk. “My mother-in-law is back at the house, jonesing for her lunch.”
    • 2001, Sheridan Becker & Jayne Young, Savvy in the City: New York City, p. 3 If you jones for wheat grass, this is your destination.
    • 2007, Jonathan Nasaw, Twenty-Seven Bones, Simon & Schuster, p. 258 The rain tree at sunset was exquisite, but after a few minutes Pender found himself jonesing for a football game.
jook-sing {{wikipedia}} etymology From Cantonese 竹升 〈zhú shēng〉. See on Wikipedia for more. pronunciation
  • /ˈdʒʊkˈsɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An American or Canadian-born Chinese, whose native language is English and who has little or no command of Chinese languages.
Synonyms: banana, Twinkie
Jordanesque etymology Jordan + esque
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Reminiscent of Michael Jordan (born 1963), American former professional basketball player.
    • 1998, Geneviève Rail, Sport and Postmodern Times (page 212) Here a small black child, tongue hanging out in true Jordanesque fashion, attempts to imitate one of Jordan's explosive moves to the basket.
    • 2009, Ric Merrifield, Rethink (page 62) When he announced that he was going to try his hand at professional baseball, few skeptics were bold enough to suggest that this career turn would be anything but another Jordanesque dazzler.
    • 2011, Robert Strauss, Daddy's Little Goalie (page 53) As she was on her approach to the hoop, taking that first Jordanesque liftoff step, her mouth guard fell floorward. Undeterred, she kept going up with the ball in her right hand.
  2. (informal) Large-breasted, like former glamour model "Jordan" (Katie Price, born 1978).
    • 2004, Mark Worrall, Over Land and Sea Captivated by her beauty, her wasp-like waistline and, most importantly, her Jordanesque chest measurements, I'd made a reasonable fist of chatting her up.
    • 2005, Tribune (volume 69, page 28) John McCririck has made a right t*t of himself on Celebrity Big Brother, not least when he took off his shirt to reveal his Jordanesque bosom.
    • 2012, Acklima Akbar, And Then There Was Swine Flu (page 99) Hazel … is resplendent in a much too tight fitting scarlet shirt with ruffles, that seem to extend her chest to Jordanesque proportions…
Josie pronunciation
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etymology 1
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  1. A diminutive of the female given name Josephine.
etymology 2 Alternative forms: Jozi
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  1. (South Africa, colloquial) Johannesburg.
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jostle etymology Originally justle, formed from jousten + -tle; from the Old French joster, from Latin iuxtā, from iungō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdʒɒs.əl/
  • (US) /ˈdʒɑ.səl/
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  1. (ambitransitive) To bump into or brush against while in motion; to push aside.
    • Macaulay Bullies jostled him.
    • I. Taylor Systems of movement, physical, intellectual, and moral, which are perpetually jostling each other.
  2. (intransitive) To move through by pushing and shoving.
  3. (transitive) To be close to or in physical contact with.
  4. (intransitive) To contend or vie in order to acquire something.
  5. (dated, slang) To pick or attempt to pick pockets.
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  1. An experience in which jostling occurs.
  2. Being crowded or in a condition of jostling.
journo etymology From journalist + o. pronunciation
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  1. (UK, Australian, informal) A journalist.
    • 2000, , Lightning on the Sun, [http//|%22journos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22journo%22|%22journos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bDKRT-3XKaP3mAWW0rmBAg&redir_esc=y page 34], He′d been packed in with all the other journos, standing out only in that he was taller than most and didn′t make as much noise.
    • 2003, USA International Business Publications, Afghanistan Business Law Handbook, [http//|%22journos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YyyRT8myCKfPmAWS--zsAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22journo%22|%22journos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 254], Journos and scribes are officially welcomed by the Taliban and then never given visas to enter. The Red Cross needs Talib approval for all journos before you can book a flight.
    • 2004, Pam Austin, Bob Austin, Getting Free Publicity: The Secrets of Successful Press Relations, How To Books, Oxford, [http//|%22journos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8CmRT6WWNoX3mAWk08HMAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22journo%22|%22journos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 8], And we hope that all women journos will forgive us if, in these pages, we use the word ‘he’ as shorthand for ‘he/she’ when referring to members of the Fourth Estate.
    • 2007, Sara Voorhees, The Lumière Affair: A Novel of Cannes, Simon & Schuster, New York, [http//|%22journos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bDKRT-3XKaP3mAWW0rmBAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22journo%22|%22journos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22], TV journos consider print journos to be snobs who write for other print journos (and are therefore read by a Lilliputian portion of the population). Print journos believe TV journos to be cretins who are worshipped blindly by the lowest common denominator.
    • 2008 August 11, Namrata Joshi, Movie Review: Mission Istaanbul, , [http//|%22journos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bDKRT-3XKaP3mAWW0rmBAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22journo%22|%22journos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 80], His nubile wife (Shriya Saran), also a TV journo, calls him names like “mouthpiece of terrorists”.
joygasm etymology joy + gasm
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  1. (colloquial, rare) A feeling of great joy.
joy house
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  1. (US slang) A brothel.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010 p. 18: ‘You try her,’ Nulty said. ‘I ain't been in a joy house in twenty years.’
joypopper etymology joypop + er
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  1. (slang) One who joypop; one who uses drug recreational without addiction.
joystick {{wikipedia}} etymology joy + stick pronunciation
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  1. A mechanical device consisting of a handgrip mounted on a base or pedestal and typically having one or more buttons, used to control an aircraft, computer or other equipment.
    • 1989, Microtimes (volume 6, page 140) If games are your life, the choice of a joystick is desperately important.
  2. (slang) A penis.
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  1. (rare) To manoeuvre by means of a joystick.
    • 2006, Sid Davis, Home makeovers that sell Marketing your home isn't as difficult as joysticking a Mars rover through a crater, despite what many people believe.
    • 2007, Gerhard Lakemeyer, Elizabeth Sklar, Domenico G Sorrenti, Tomoichi Takahashi, RoboCup 2006: Robot Soccer World Cup X Therefore, part of the errors in the localization results is due to the problem of joysticking the robot exactly onto the marked positions.
    • 2007, Gaurav Suhas Sukhatme, Stefan Schaal, Wolfram Burgard, Dieter Fox, Robotics: Science and Systems II It can run in autonomous mode or be manually joysticked using a radio controller.
joystick waggler
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  1. (video games, informal) A video game, usually based on a sport, where the player must build up and maintain speed or energy by rapidly moving the joystick back and forth.
    • 1992, Jon Pillar, Popeye III (game review) in Your Sinclair 83, November 1992 Popeye 3 is an out-and-out joystick waggler. While Zeppelin's Tag Team Wrestling used the old 'press fire with a direction' control method, to beat your opponent in Popeye 3, you have two stages of frenetic wrist-mangling.
    • 1998, "Mike Fairweather", International cricket captain , opinions wanted (on newsgroup It's not an exact simulation and it's not a joystick waggler. It is basically CM2 for cricket.
    • 2003, "Nomenluni", What Speccy game should have been in the arcade? (on newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair) Could be wrong but I'm sure T&F and several of the other give-the-controls-a-good-twatting games were actually button bashers rather than joystick wagglers. Bit picky I know.....
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  1. (slang) Japanese rock music.
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  1. (slang) female breast
Judeofascism etymology Judeo + fascism
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  1. (slang) An ultranationalistic form of Jewish fundamentalism.
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  1. (sometimes, derogatory) Created by judge or judicial decision; used especially of law applied or established by the judicial interpretation of statute so as to extend or restrict their scope, as to meet new cases, to provide new or better remedies, etc.
    • Frederick Pollock The law of the 13th century was judge-made law in a fuller and more literal sense than the law of any succeeding century has been.
judgmatically etymology From judgmatical + ly. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dʒʌdʒˈmatɪkli/
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  1. (colloquial, chiefly US) In a judgmatical way; like a judge, judiciously, with good judgment.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick: I never fancied broiling fowls;--though once broiled, judiciously buttered, and judgmatically salted and peppered, there is no one who will speak more respectfully, not to say reverentially, of a broiled fowl than I will.
judgy etymology judge + y
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  1. (informal) Inclined to make judgment; judgmental.
    • 2011, Megan McCafferty, Bumped (page 276) I can't blame her for thinking this way. Because until very recently, I had bought into it all too. “Don't get all judgy, Mel," she says.
    • 2012, Anne Regan, Animal Magnetism (page 126) Riley lowered his eyebrows and crossed his arms and tried to look non-judgy even if he felt a little judgy.
judgy-pants etymology judgy + pants
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  1. (slang, pejorative, sometimes attributive) An excessively judgmental person.
    • 2011, Colleen Bezeau, "Editor's Note", Okanagan Child, Summer 2011, page 5: Parenting is hard enough without having judgy-pants people interfering.
    • 2011, Dani Katz, "An Un-Sucky Surprise", Santa Fe Reporter, 26 October 2011: Well, at least one kid might not suck, I think, ever the judgy-pants snob-a-rina, silently snarking in the third row.
    • 2013, Lauren Laverne, "Lauren Laverne on style: flat shoes", The Guardian, 30 June 2013: I don't want to be an awful judgy-pants about this, obviously.
judicial activism
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  1. (legal, pejorative) the act of replacing an impartial interpretation of existing law with the judge's personal feelings about what the law should be
This phrase is a political epithet applied to judges who allegedly exceed their authority.
jug etymology From earlier jugge, a variant of jubbe, of unknown origin. Perhaps from jug, from Jug, familiar form of Joanna. pronunciation
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  1. A serving vessel or container, circular in cross-section and typically higher than it is wide, with a relatively small mouth or spout, a handle and often a stopper or top.
  2. The amount that a jug can hold.
  3. (slang) Jail.
  4. (vulgar, slang, chiefly, in the plural) A woman's breast.
    • Epoch, Volumes 24-25, 1985, I was sucking my mom's left jug when I heard JD say, "Now we will experience the burden of the past."
    • The Sexperts, “With her left hand on her right jug, she put her mouth to her other tit.”, 1608722449, Ben Niemand, 2010
    • Devil's food, David Mason, “I blew into her ear, and trailed a finger idly down her shoulder until I reached her left jug, the better of a nearly perfect pair.”, 2010
  5. (New Zealand) A kettle.
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  1. (transitive) To stew in an earthenware jug etc. jugged hare
  2. (transitive, slang) To put into jail.
  3. (intransitive) To utter a sound like "jug", as certain birds do, especially the nightingale.
  4. (intransitive, of quails or partridges) To nestle or collect together in a covey.
Juggalette etymology Juggalo + ette
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  1. (slang) A female Juggalo.
Juggalo etymology From juggler; used by band member Joseph Bruce to address the audience during the performance of a track called The Juggla. Influenced by gigolo.
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  1. (slang) A fan of the American hip hop group .
    • 2002, Brooks Brown, Rob Merritt, No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine My Juggalos, family, people who mean a lot to me, everyone. I owe a lotta people for getting through the last few years. You should know who you are.
    • 2003, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush, All Music Guide to Hip-hop Yes, it's true that the Insane Clown Posse are back with their fifth proper album (or, in juggalo parlance, the fifth joker card)...
    • 2005, Adam Gibson, Behind the Dark Curtain "And don't tell me your name is Violent J, or Shaggy 2 Dope. Cause you don't look like any Juggalo I've ever seen." He laughed out loud throwing his head back.
    • 2006, L Mason, 30 Years In The FreekShow: The Life And Times Of AxSylum This book was written for Juggalos by a Juggalo. I highly doubt anybody else would ever get the humor within these pages.
    • 2006, Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Scott Williams, Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore One time, one band on stage tried to get the fans on one side to yell, "Fuck you" to the other side, but these people were all Juggalos.
    • 2007, Richard Soles, Blackeyed And it was more of an excuse to show an ICP concert DVD and play a bunch of Juggalo music in a school setting a {{SIC}} not get in trouble for it than anything else...
related terms:
  • Juggalette

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