Dictionary: JB – JEM


• J.B.
n. 20C colloq., derogatory – a Black person (Jet Black)

• J-BIRD
n. 1951 Amer. sl. – in poker, a jack or knave

• J-BO
n. 1960s drug culture sl. – a cannabis cigarette  

• J-BUMP
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a pimple  

• J.C. AND HIS TEN GREY DONKEYS COULDN’T HAVE DONE BETTER
phr. M20 army jocular usage – congratulatory praise for an action well performed

• J. CARROLL NAISH
n. L20 rhyming sl. on ‘slash’ – a urination

• JEALISOM
adj. 1599 Eng. dial. obs. – jealous, having jealousy

• JEALOUS
adj. 1. 1382 obs. – wrathful, furious, angry  
adj. 2. c1430 obs. – ardently amorous; covetous of the love of another, fond, lustful
adj. 3. c1532 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – suspicious; apprehensive of evil, fearful 
adj. 4. 1535 obs. – devoted, eager, zealous, zealously enthusiastic
adj. 5. 1600 obs. – requiring suspicious or careful vigilance; delicate, ticklish
adj. 6. 1601 obs. – doubtful, mistrustful  

• JEALOUSE
vb. 1682 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – to suspect a thing or person; to have a suspicion that  

• JEALOUSED
adj. 1695 obs. – suspected

• JEALOUS GLASS
n. 1703 obs. – glass which is translucent, but cannot be seen through

• JEALOUS-HOOD
n. 1685 obs. – jealousy

• JEALOUSLY
adv. 1. 1388 obs. – zealously, eagerly  
adv. 2. 1628 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – suspiciously, distrustfully  

• JEALOUSNESS
n. c1380 rare – jealousy; suspicion 

• JEALOUSTE
n. 1382 obs. – jealousy; zeal  

• JEALOUSY
n. 1. c1385 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – suspicion; apprehension of evil; mistrust 
n. 2. c1400 obs. – zeal or vehemence of feeling against some person or thing; anger, wrath, indignation 
n. 3. 1436 obs. – zeal or vehemence of feeling in favour of a person or thing; devotion, eagerness, anxiety to serve  

• JEAMES
n. 1845 sl. – a footman; a flunkey  

• JEAMES-ISM
n. 1883 – flunkeyism  

• JEAN QUEEN
n. 1. M20 US homosexual usage – a homosexual male who is particularly attracted to males in denim jeans  
n. 2. M20 US homosexual usage – a homosexual male who habitually wears denim jeans

• JEANS AT HALF-MAST
phr. E20 US sl. – said of someone who has been caught serving as a catamite; hence, caught in the act  

• JEANS RICE!
int. 1924 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEASLEY • JEASLY
adj. 1. 1930s euphemism – damned  
adj. 2. 1990s sl. – inferior  

• JEBBY
n. 1947 Amer. sl. – a Jesuit  

• JEBERDEES
n. 1965-70 Amer. dial. – men’s undershorts  

• JECK-EASY
adj. 1917 Sc. – offhand, easygoing  

• JECKO
n. Bk1902 Sc. – the magpie, Pica rustica

• JECK WI’ THE MONIE FEET
n. 1959 Sc. – a centipede  

• JECKY-FORTY-FEET
n. 1902 Sc. – a centipede  

• JECORARY
adj. 1684 obs. rare – belonging to the liver

• JECTIGATION
n. a1693 obs. – a wagging, a tremulous movement

• JEDUS
n. 1922 Amer. dial. – Jesus  

• JEE
int. 1. 1785 – a word of command to a horse  
int. 2. L19 US  – an oath and an exclamation for “Jesus!”  
n. 1880 Sc. – a move, motion  
vb. 1727 Sc. – to move, to stir; to move to one side; to move to and fro  

• JEEBERS CREEPERS!
int. 1965 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEEBIES
n. 1938 Amer. sl. – a feeling of anxiety or apprehension

• JEEBY
adj. 1989 Amer. sl. – anxious or apprehensive  

• JEEKERS!
int. 1967 Amer. euphemism – an exclamation  

• JEEL
n. 1. a1774 Sc. – jelly 
n. 2. 1887 Eng. dial. – damage, mischief  
vb. 1896 Sc. – to set as jelly; to congeal  

• JEELY NOSE
n. 19C Sc. – a bleeding nose 

• JEELY PIECE
n. 19C Sc. – a jam sandwich 

• JEEMS!
int. 1863 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEEMSES RIVER!
int. 1923 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEEMS RICE!
int. 1914 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEEM’S RIVER!
int. 1923 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEEP
n. 1. 1936 Amer. sl. – a justice of the peace  
n. 2. 1938 Amer. sl. – a foolish, inexperienced, or offensive individual  
n. 3. 1938 Amer. military sl. – a recruit or basic trainee
n. 4. 20C Aust. sl. – a Japanese  

• JEEPED UP
adj. 1979 Amer. sl. – excited

• JEEPER
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – a tree frog  

• JEEPERS!
int. 1928 Amer. sl. – euphemism for ‘Jesus (Christ), expressing surprise; used as a mild oath

• JEEPERS CREEPERS!
int. 1928 Amer. sl. – euphemism for ‘Jesus Christ’, expressing surprise

• JEEPERS CRIPUS!
int. 1928 Amer. sl. obs. – used as a mild oath or jocular oath

• JEEPERS PELTS!
int. 1965 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEER
n. 1660 obs. – the act of jeering; mockery, scoffing, derision

• JEEROOSELY
adj. 1914 Amer. dial. – mighty, big, enormous  

• JEEROOSLY
adj. 1904 Amer. dial. – mighty, big, enormous  

• JEERY
adj. 1606 obs. rare – scornfully derisive, taunting, scoffing  

• JEES! • JEESE
int. 1920s euphemism, orig. US – a mild exclamation; Jesus!  

• JEESH!
int. 1965 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEESUM CROW!
int. 1959 Amer. euphemism – Jesus Christ!  

• JEE-WHISKERS!
int. E20 NZ – a mild oath or exclamation  

• JEEWILLIKENS!
int. Bk1905 Amer. dial. – an exclamation  

• JEEZ!
int. 1920s euphemism, orig. US – a mild exclamation; Jesus!  

• JEEZ AND CRACKERS!
int. 1968 Amer. dial. – an exclamation  

• JEEZE!
int. 1923 orig. US – an exclamation of surprise, enthusiasm, or astonishment  

• JEEZER
n. 1. 1975 Amer. dial. – a chap, a fellow, a guy  
n. 2. 1980s US sl. – something remarkable  

• JEEZLESS
adj. 1979 Amer. dial. – damned  

• JEEZLY
adj. 1. 1930 Amer. dial. – measly; inferior  
adj. 2. 1965 Amer. dial. – damned  

• JEEZUM CROW!
int. 1969 Amer. euphemism – Jesus Christ!  

• JEEZUN CROW!
int. 1965 Amer. euphemism – Jesus Christ!  

• JEEZ-WAX!
int. 1895 Amer. dial. – a mild oath  

• JEEZY
n. c1780 Sc. – a humorous or familiar name for a wig, esp. one made of worsted 

• JEEZY-PEEZY!
int. 1960 Amer. dial. – an exclamation of surprise or disgust  

• JEFE
n. 1990s US drug culture sl. – a senior cocaine dealer  

• JEFF
n. 1. 1854 circus sl. – a rope  
n. 2. 1870 African-American sl. – a White person; used contemptuously or dismissively
n. 3. 1930s African-American sl., derogatory – a White rustic, a peasant, esp. a Southerner
n. 4. 1938 Amer. dial., derogatory – an ignorant, unsophisticated, or boring person; a dull, stupid person; a pest
n. 5. 1950s sl. – an admirable person  
n. 6. 1950s sl. – a White person, esp. if a racist
n. 7. 1960s sl. – a Black person who is obsequious towards Whites 
vb. 1. 1960s African-American sl. – to behave obsequiously, esp. towards Whites; to humiliate oneself  
vb. 2. 1960s US criminals’ sl. – to lie; to work a confidence trick; to fool a victim  
vb. 3. 1960s African-American sl. – to talk, to chatter, esp. to seduce, to fool or deceive with a ‘line’  
vb. 4. 1960s US prison sl. – to tease, to joke with  

• JEFF ARTIST
n. 1. 1960s African-American sl. – a Black person who behaves subserviently towards Whites  
n. 2. 1960s US sl. – a liar; a confidence trickster  
n. 3. 1969 Amer. dial., African-American usage – a White person  

• JEFF DAVIS
n. 1. 1870 African-American sl. – a White person; used contemptuously or dismissively
n. 2. 1940s African-American sl. – a rustic; a peasant, usually from the South
n. 3. 1946 Amer. dial., derogatory – an ignorant, unsophisticated, or boring person; a pest
n. 4. 1960s African-American sl. – a Black person who behaves subserviently towards Whites  

• JEFFER
n. 1. 1969 Amer. dial., derogatory – an ignorant, unsophisticated, or boring person; a pest
n. 2. 1969 Amer. dial., African-American usage – a White person  

• JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
n. 1960s US drug culture sl. – a split match that is used an improvised holder for the last fraction of a marijuana cigarette 

• JEFFEY
n. 1793 colloq. – the shortest possible time

• JEFFULL
n. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a handful  

• JEFFY
n. 1859 Amer. thieves’ sl. – lightning

• JEGGER
n. 1567 cant – a door  

• JEGGET
n. 1736 obs. rare – a sausage

• JEGGINGS
n. 20C – tight-fitting trousers in a lightweight fabric with the colour and appearance of denim

• JE-HO!
int. 1731 – a call to urge on a horse or other animal  

• JEHOSAPHAT GENTLEMAN!
int. 1965 Amer. dial. – an exclamation or mild oath  

• JEHOSAPHAT JENKINS!
int. 1908 Amer. dial. – an exclamation or mild oath  

• JEHOSHAPHAT!
int. 1876 Amer. dial. – an exclamation or mild oath  

• JEHOSOPHAT!
int. 1857 Amer. dial. – an exclamation or mild oath  

• JEHU
n. 1. 1660 colloq. – any fast and furious coachman or driver  
n. 2. 1906 Amer. dial. – a greenhorn; a country fellow  
vb. 1822 – to drive a horse-drawn vehicle  

• JEHU NIMSHI!
int. 1859 Amer. dial. – an exclamation  

• JEJUNATION
n. 1623 obs. – fasting, abstinence from food  

• JEJUNATOR
n. 1858 rare – a faster  

• JEJUNE
adj. a1619 obs. – without food, fasting; hungry

• JEJUNELY
adv. 1615 – meagrely, insipidly  

• JEJUNENESS
n. 1. 1626 – deficiency of physical substance; thinness, meagreness, attenuation  
n. 2. 1655 – emptiness of interest or intellectually satisfying quality; baldness, meagreness, poverty  

• JEJUNERY
n. 1846 nonce word – fasting; jejune writing  

• JEJUNITY
n. 1623 – emptiness of interest or intellectually satisfying quality; baldness, meagreness, poverty  

• JELAPIDATED
adj. 1969 Amer. dial. – dilapidated  

• JELL
vb. 1830-40 US colloq. – to become a jelly; to congeal or jelly  

• JELLIED
adj. 20C sl. – under the influence of Temazepam  

• JELLILY
adv. a1800 rare – worthily, excellently 

• JELLY
adj. c1560-73 Sc. rare – good, worthy, excellent; having a high opinion of oneself; proud, haughty
n. 1. 1622 sl. – seminal fluid  
n. 2. 1882 – a jellyfish  
n. 3. 1889 sl. – a buxom, good-looking girl; a sexually attractive woman  
n. 4. 1931 sl. – a girlfriend  
n. 5. 1941 sl. – gelignite  
n. 6. 20C US sl. – the female genitals  
n. 7. 20C sl. – a capsule of the drug Temazepam

• JELLY-BAG
n. 1. Bk1896 sl. – the scrotum
n. 2. Bk1896 sl. – the female pudendum

• JELLY BEAN
n. 1. World War I Amer. sl. – a girl  
n. 2. 1919 sl., orig. US – an unpleasant or despicable person, usually male  
n. 3. 1935 US sl. – a pimp
n. 4. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a gullible person; a dupe  

• JELLY-BELLIED
adj. 1899 sl. – fat  

• JELLY-BELLY
n. 1896 – a fat man or woman

• JELLY-BLOOD
n. 1583 obs. – clotted blood  

• JELLYFISH
n. 1883 – a person of ‘flabby’ character or deficient in energy, steadfastness, or ‘backbone”; a person of weak character  

• JELLY ROLL
n. 1. 1927 US sl., chiefly African-American – female genitals
n. 2. 1927 US sl., chiefly African-American – sexual intercourse  

• JEM
n. 1725 cant – a gold ring

• JEMBLE
n. 1588 obs. – a hinge  

• JEMIMA
n. 1. Bk1896 sl. – a chamber-pot
n. 2. 20C colloq. – an elastic-sided boot

• JEMINY!
int. 17C sl. – an exclamation  

• JEMMEL
n. a1600 obs. – a hinge 

• JEMMILY
adv. 1837 – neatly, trimly  

• JEMMINESS
n. 1756 – spruceness, neatness, trimness  

• JEMMY
adj. 1750 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – spruce, dandified, neat, smart; dexterous  
n. 1. 1752 – a short crowbar used by burglars, generally made in sections screwing together
n. 2. 1753 obs. – a dandy or fop; a finical fellow  
n. 3. 1753 obs. – a kind of riding boot
n. 4. 1753 obs. rare – a light cane, a switch
n. 5. 1836 – a sheep’s head as a dish
n. 6. 1837 – a shooting coat; a great-coat
n. 7. B1900 – a term of contempt

• JEMMY AND JESSAMY
n. Bk1896 Amer. sl. – a pair of lovers  

• JEMMY DUCKS
n. 1880 nautical sl. – the ship’s poulterer

• JEMMY-JESSAMY
adj. 1786 – dandified, foppish, effeminate
n. 1753 – an effeminate or great fop, a dandy

• JEMMY-JOHN
n. 1861 sl. – a demijohn  

• JEMMY O’GOBLIN
n. 1889 Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘sovereign’ – a pound  


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