Dictionary: JF – JN


• JIB
n. 1. 1851 vet’s usage – a horse given to shying
n. 2. Bk1896 sl. – at Dublin university: a first-year’s man
n. 3. Bk1896 sl. – the face
vb. 1. 1811 colloq. – to shirk  
vb. 2. Bk1896 sl. – to depart, to be off
 
• JIBBER-JABBER
n. B1900 Sc. – noisy, nonsensical talk; idle talk; chatter  
vb. B1900 Sc. – to talk in a foolish, nonsensical manner
 
• JIBE
n. M16 UK criminals’ sl. – a written paper, esp. a counterfeit pass or license, carried by many of the mendicant villains  
vb. 1871 sl. – to agree; to live in harmony  
 
• JIB-OF-JIBS
n. Bk1896 nautical sl. – an impossible sail
 
• JIBONEY
n. 1952 Amer. dial. – an inept, stupid or inexperienced person; a guy or fellow  
 
• JIBS
n. 1. Bk1896 cant – the tongue
n. 2. Bk1896 cant – language; speech
 
• JICKAJOG
n. 1614 sl. – a commotion; a push
 
• JICKER
n. 1. 18C Sc. – a walk at a smart pace; a smart trot
n. 2. 1920s Sc. – the dandling of a child on the knee
vb. 1. 1789 Sc. – to go quickly about anything; to walk smartly  
vb. 2. 1897 Sc. – to ride or run smartly, to trot
vb. 3. 1920s Sc. – to dandle a child on the knee
 
• JICKHEAD
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a heavy drinker  
 
• JIFF
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a short time; a moment  
 
• JIFFESS
n. Bk1896 tailors’ sl. – an employer’s wife
 
• JIFFILY
adv. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – immediately; shortly  
 
• JIFFLE
n. 1. B1900 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a fidget; a shuffling movement  
n. 2. B1900 Eng. dial. – idle talk; idle, disputative talk  
vb. 1674 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial. – to fidget; to be restless; to shuffle  
 
• JIFFY
n. 1793 colloq. – the shortest possible time  
 
• JIG
n. 1. 1567 cant – a door
n. 2. 1596 sl. – an antic; nonsense
n. 3. Bk1896 Winchester College usage – a clever man  
n. 4. Bk1896 sl. – a dance  
n. 5. Bk1896 sl. – a low joke
n. 6. Bk1896 sl. – a swindle
n. 7. Bk1896 sl. – a swindler
n. 8. Bk1896 sl. – an object of sport
n. 9. Bk1903 sl. – a farthing (1/4d)
n. 10. 1924 US sl., derogatory or offensive – a Black person
vb. 1. 1719 sl. – to dance
vb. 2. 1876 sl. – to cheat; to delude; to impose upon
 
• JIGABOO
n. 1909 US sl., derogatory or offensive – a Black person
 
• JIG-A-JIG
n. 1932 sl. – sexual intercourse
vb. Bk1896 sl. – to possess carnally; to copulate
 
• JIGAMAREE
n. Bk1896 Amer. sl. – nonsense or any triviality
 
• JIGGABO
n. 1909 US sl., derogatory or offensive – a Black person
 
• JIGGA-JOGGY
n. 1605 sl. – a jolting motion  
 
• JIGGALORUM
n. 1613 colloq. obs. – a fanciful thing of little value; a trifle
 
• JIGGAMBOB
n. 1. 1647 sl. – a knickknack; a trinket; anything particular, strange or unknown  
n. 2. 1675 sl. – the female pudendum
 
• JIGGAMBOBS
n. 1785 sl. – the testicles  
 
• JIGGER
n. 1. 1567 cant – a door
n. 2. 1675 sl. – a shifty fellow; a trickster  
n. 3. 1708 sl. – a whipping-post  
n. 4. 1749 sl. – a doorkeeper; a jailor or turnkey
n. 5. 1823 sl. – a key
n. 6. 1823 sl. – a secret or private still
n. 7. 1874 US sl. – a device or gadget; an unnamed thing  
n. 8. 1882 military sl. – a guard-room
n. 9. Bk1891 sl. – a prison
n. 10. Bk1896 sl. – a fiddlestick  
n. 11. Bk1896 theatrical sl. – in a theatre: the curtain
n. 12. Bk1896 sl. – in billiards: the ‘bridge’ or ‘rest’ for the cue when a ball is beyond arm’s length  
n. 13. Bk1896 sl. – the female pudendum
n. 14. Bk1896 sl. – the penis
n. 15. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a slow freight train  
n. 16. Bk1942 Amer. college sl. – an attractive girl  
vb. 1. 1869 colloq. – to shake, to jerk  
vb. 2. 1888 sl. – to bet
 
• JIGGER BOY
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a bartender  
 
• JIGGER-DUBBER
n. 1781 sl. – a doorkeeper; a jailor or turnkey  
 
• JIGGERED
adj. 1. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – bewildered; confused; muddled  
adj. 2. Bk1999 Aust. sl. – broken or of no use
 
• JIGGERED UP
adj. 1862 sl., orig. dialect – tired; exhausted
 
• JIGGER-STUFF
n. 1851-61 sl. – illicitly distilled spirits
 
• JIGGER-WORKER
n. 1851-61 sl. – a vendor of illicitly distilled spirits
 
• JIGGERY-POKERY
n. 1893 Brit. sl. – humbug; nonsense; deceitful or dishonest dealing
 
• JIGGLE
vb. Bk1896 sl. – to possess carnally; to copulate  
 
• JIGGLING-BONE
n. Bk1896 sl. – the penis
 
• JIGGLY BITS
n. 1990s sl. – the testicles  
 
• JIGGUMBOB
n. 1. 1640 sl. – a knickknack; a trinket; anything particular, strange or unknown
n. 2. 1675 sl. – the female pudendum
 
• JIGGUMBOBS
n. 1785 sl. – the testicles
 
• JIG-JIG
n. 1932 sl. – sexual intercourse  
 
• JIG-WATER
n. 1888 Amer. sl. – bad whisky
 
• JIJJIBOO
n. 1909 US sl., derogatory or offensive – a Black person  
 
• JILL-HOOTER
n. 1. B1900 Eng. dial. – an old man or woman given to grumbling or complaining  
n. 2. B1900 Eng. dial. – an owl
 
• JILL-MILL
n. Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl. – Venetian shutters  
 
• JILLPOKE
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – a kick
 
• JILT
n. 1. 1648-80 sl. – a woman who encourages, or solicits, advances to which deigns there shall be no practical end
n. 2. Bk1896 sl. – a short crowbar, used by housebreakers
 
• JILTER
n. 1863 sl. – a thief who uses a crowbar to break in
 
• JILTS
n. Bk1896 thieves’ sl. – housebreaking tools generally
 
• JIM
n. 1. 1889 Aust. sl. (short for ‘Jimmy O’Goblin’) – a pound  
n. 2. 1960s Amer. sl. – a term of address for a close friend
vb. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – to spoil
 
• JIM BELCHER
n. Bk1888 – any particoloured handkerchief worn round the neck  
 
• JIMBOREE
n. 1872 Amer. sl. – a frolic; a spree
 
• JIM BRANNIGAN
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a disagreement or fight  
 
• JIM-BROWN
n. 1893 rhyming sl. – a town
 
• JIMBUGG
n. 1854 Aust. squatters’ sl. – a sheep
 
• JIM CROW
n. 1838 sl., orig. & chiefly US, derogatory or offensive – a Black person
 
• JIM-DANDY
adj. 1888 Amer. sl. – very fine, excellent; first-rate  
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – something excellent  
 
• JIM HILL!
int. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – an ejaculation
 
• JIMINY JEHOSAPHAT!
int. 1965 Amer. dial. – an exclamation or mild oath  
 
• JIMJAMS
n. 1. 1888 sl. – delirium tremens
n. 2. 1896 colloq. – a creepy feeling; the fidgets; a fit of depression; a state of nervousness or unease  
n. 3. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – eccentricity  
n. 4. 1994 sl. – pajamas  
 
• JIM JOHNSON
n. 1994 sl. – the penis  
 
• JIMMETY WHISKERS!
int. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – an ejaculation
 
• JIMMIE HOWE
n. 1930s Aust. & NZ sl. – a navy blue or black woollen singlet worn by Australian and New Zealand shearers and bushmen  
 
• JIMMIES
n. Bk1999 Aust. rhyming sl. for the ‘shits'(Jimmy Britts) – diarrhoea
 
• THE JIMMIES
n. 1. 1900 sl. – delirium tremens  
n. 2. 1900 sl. – a state of nervousness or unease
 
• JIMMINY CHRISTMAS!
int. Bk1896 Amer. dial. – an oath  
 
• JIMMINY CRIPES!
int. Bk1896 Amer. dial. – an oath
 
• JIMMY
adj. Bk1896 Amer. dial. – spruce, neat, smart; neatly-made; dexterous  
n. 1. 1752 sl. – a short crowbar, usually made in sections screwing together, used by housebreakers  
n. 2. 1859 Aust. convicts usage – a free emigrant
n. 3. 1889 Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘sovereign’ (Jimmy O’Goblin) – a pound  
n. 4. Bk1896 showmen’s usage – a contrivance; a concealed confederate
n. 5. 1916 nautical sl. – a first lieutenant
 
• JIMMY BRITTS
n. 1. 1945 Aust. rhyming sl. for ‘shits’ – fear  
n. 2. Bk1999 Aust. rhyming sl. for the ‘shits’ – diarrhoea
 
• JIMMYCANE
n. 1905 Amer. dial. – a hurricane  
 
• JIMMY DANCER
n. 20C Aust. sl. – cancer  
 
• JIMMY GRANT
n. 1845 Aust., NZ & S. Afr. rhyming sl.- an immigrant  
 
• JIMMY HOWE
n. 1930s Aust. & NZ sl. – a navy blue or black woollen singlet worn by Australian and New Zealand shearers and bushmen  
 
• JIMMYLEGS
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. navy sl. – master at arms
 
• JIMMY O’GOBLIN
n. 1889 Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘sovereign’ – a pound  
 
• JIMMY RIDDLE
n. 1937 rhyming sl. for ‘piddle’ – urination
 
• JIMMY SKINNER
n. Bk1896 rhyming sl. – a dinner
 
• JIMMY THE ONE
n. 1916 nautical sl. – a first lieutenant
 
• JIMMY WOODS
n. 1892 Aust. & NZ sl. – a solitary drinker  
 
• JIMMY WOODSER
n. 1892 Aust. & NZ sl. – a solitary drinker  
 
• JIMPLECUTE
n. 1870 Amer. sl. – a sweetheart
 
• JIMPRICUTE
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – orderly, tidy, neat  
 
• JIMPSECUTE
n. 1870 Amer. sl. – a sweetheart
 
• JIMRAG
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to render useless; to destroy, to knock to pieces  
 
• JIM-RAGS
n. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – rags, tatters, shreds  
 
• JIM-SLICKER
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – an unusually fine or pleasing person or thing  
 
• JIM WHITTIKER!
int. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – an ejaculation
 
• JING-BANG
n. 1891 Sc. – the lot
 
• JINGLE
n. 1. 1860 Irish sl. – a hackney carriage
n. 2. 1906 Aust. sl. – money in small coins  
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to intoxicate; to make dead drunk  
 
• JINGLE-BELL
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a bell
 
JINGLE-BRAINED
adj. 1. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – foolish; silly; witless
adj. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – bewildered; confused; muddled
 
• JINGLE-BRAINS
n. 1. 1690 colloq. – a wild, thoughtless person; a noisy, talkative person
n. 2. 1900 Amer. sl. – (as ‘jinglebrains’) stupidity  
 
JINGLED
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – bewildered; confused; muddled; disconcerted
 
• JINGLER
n. 1690 sl. – a horse-courser who frequents count fairs  
 
• JINGLING JOHNNY
n. 1934 Aust. & NZ sl. – someone who shears sheep by hand  
 
• JINIPER-LECTURE
n. 1690 sl. – a scolding  
 
• JINK
n. Bk1896 sl. – money
vb. 1715 sl. – to possess carnally; to copulate
 
• JINK ONE’S TIN
vb. Bk1896 sl. – to pay money; to shell out
 
• JINNIPROUS
adj. 1825 Sc. – spruce, trim; finical, over-particular
 
• JINNYWERRY
n. 1922 Amer. dial. – January  
 
• JIP
n. 1. 1889 Amer. sl. – a swindler, a cheat; a crook  
n. 2. 1914 Amer. sl. – the victim of a swindle  
n. 3. 1930s Amer. sl. – a cabdriver who does not start the meter, hence, can pocket the fare  
vb. 1. 1880 Amer. colloq. – to cheat; to defraud; to deceive; to charge exorbitantly; to swindle; to renege on one’s debts  
vb. 2. 1918 Amer. sl. – to steal, to filch; to rob from  
vb. 3. 1928 Amer. sl. – to disappoint  
vb. 4. 1970s sl. – to play truant from school  
 
• JIPPER
n. Bk1896 nautical sl. – gravy
 
• JIPPO
n. 1. L19 sl., usually derogatory – a gypsy
n. 2. L19 sl. – an Egyptian  
n. 3. 1920s US sl. – an itinerant worker or piece-worker; contract work, a sub-contractor
n. 4. 1920s US sl. – part-time work
n. 5. 1990s UK juvenile sl. – an impoverished, badly dressed schoolchild  
vb. 1. 1920s Amer. sl. – to cheat, to swindle  
 
• JIRG
n. 1820 Sc. – a creaking noise  
 
• JISM
n. 1842 sl. – energy, vigour, vitality  
 
JIT
n. 1931 US sl., derogatory or offensive – a Black person
 
JITNEY
n. 1903 US sl. – a five-cent piece or nickel  
 
JITTERBUG
n. 1934 sl. – a nervous or agitated person  
 
JITTER-BUGGY
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – an old car that has been fixed up to make it go fast or make a lot of noise  
 
THE JITTERS
n. 1929 sl. – a state of nervousness or unease  
 
JITTERY
adj. 1931 sl. – agitated, restless
 
JIVE
n. 1. 1928 sl., orig. US – insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery  
n. 2. 1938 sl., orig. US – marijuana; a marijuana cigarette
n. 3. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a conversation; discussion  
vb. 1928 sl., orig. US – to deceive, to dupe  
 
JIVE-ASS
n. 1964 US sl. – a swindler  
 
JIVED
adj. 1960s Amer. sl. – duped
 
JIVE ON THE BOX
n. 1943 Amer. sl. – music on the radio  
 
JIVE SESSION
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a conversation; discussion
 
JIVEYJIVY
adj. 1944 sl., chiefly US – energetic, vigorous, lively  
 
JIZZ
n. 1842 sl. – energy, vigour, vitality


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Updated: September 8, 2022