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jackaroo Tweet Definition of jackaroo Like Definition of jackaroo on Facebook
  1. (context, AU, colloquial) Young or inexperienced stockman or farm hand.
verb to jackaroo
  1. To work as a jackaroo.
  • Bill has gone jackarooing out west.
Jack Ketch Tweet Definition of Jack Ketch Like Definition of Jack Ketch on Facebook
  1. a public executioner
  2. the gallows
  3. death
  4. the devil
Jacky Tweet Definition of Jacky Like Definition of Jacky on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, , ) Diminutive of the male given name Jack.
  2. (given name, female, , ) Diminutive of the female given name Jacqueline and its variant spellings.
jelly Tweet Definition of jelly Like Definition of jelly on Facebook
noun (jell, ies, -)
  1. A dessert made by boiling gelatine, sugar and some flavouring (often derived from fruit) and allowing it to set
  2. a sweet gelatinous substance derived from fruit juices and pectin
    • 1945, w:Fannie Merritt Farmer, Fannie Merritt Farmer and w:Wilma Lord Perkins revisor, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, Eighth edition - Perfect is of appetizing flavor; beautifully colored and translucent; tender enough to cut easily with a spoon, yet firm enough to hold its shape when turned from the glass.
    • 1975, w:Irma S. Rombauer, Irma S. Rombauer and w:Marion Rombauer Becker, Marion Rombauer Becker, The Joy of Cooking 5th revision - Jelly has great clarity. Two cooking processes are involved. First, the juice alone is extracted from the fruit. Only that portion thin and clear enough to drip through a cloth is cooked with sugar until sufficiently firm to hold its shape. It is never stiff and never gummy.
      1. Jam that has been sieved to remove pieces of fruit before being allowed to set.
      2. (zoology) Short for jellyfish.
      3. (US slang) A large backside, especially a woman's.
      Check out that girl shaking her jelly!
      1. (colloquial) Short for gelignite.
jemmy Tweet Definition of jemmy Like Definition of jemmy on Facebook
noun (jemmies)
  1. A crowbar, particularly one used by burglars. (US: jimmy)
  2. (archaic) (slang) A baked sheep"s head.
  1. (archaic) spruce
jerk Tweet Definition of jerk Like Definition of jerk on Facebook
  1. A quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
When I yell "OK," give the mooring line a good !
  1. A sudden, uncontrolled movement, for instance, of the body.
  2. (physics) the change in acceleration with respect to time.
Usage note: Jerk is measured in metres per cubic second (m/s3) in SI units , or in feet per cubic second (ft/s3) in imperial units.
  1. (US, slang, pejorative) A person who is unwelcome due to unlikable qualities and behavior, often mean, foolish or disagreeable.
  2. A rich, spicy Jamaican marinade; a dish made with such a marinade.
  1. To make a quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
  2. To make a sudden uncontrolled movement.
  3. To marinade in jerk seasoning.
Jerry Tweet Definition of Jerry Like Definition of Jerry on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), a short form of Jeremy, Gerald and Gerard.
jiggery-pokery Tweet Definition of jiggery-pokery Like Definition of jiggery-pokery on Facebook
  1. trickery or misrepresentation; hanky panky or skulduggery
  2. ambiguous reference to sexual intercourse
category:English nouns      
jingle Tweet Definition of jingle Like Definition of jingle on Facebook
  1. The sound of metal or glass clattering against itself.
    He heard the of her keys in the door and turned off the screen.
  2. A short tune or verse, especially one used to advertise something.
    The Stay-Put Lipstick people came up with a catchy to promote their product.
    1. a carriage drawn by horses
  1. To make or cause to make a noise of metal or glass clattering against itself.
    The beads jingled as she walked.
Joey Tweet Definition of Joey Like Definition of Joey on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, , ) Diminutive of the male given name Joe.
jolly Tweet Definition of jolly Like Definition of jolly on Facebook
noun (jollies)
  1. a pleasure trip or excursion
verb (jollies, jollying, jollied)
  1. To amuse or divert
adjective (jollier, jolliest)
  1. Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.
  1. very, extremely
= idiom 
  • jolly well
Jordan Tweet Definition of Jordan Like Definition of Jordan on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A country in the Middle East. Official name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  2. (rivers) A river of the Middle East, mentioned in the Bible, that empties into the Dead Sea, and after which the country is named.
  3. (given name, male).
  4. (given name, female).
joss Tweet Definition of joss Like Definition of joss on Facebook
  1. A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
jumbuck Tweet Definition of jumbuck Like Definition of jumbuck on Facebook
noun (plural jumbucks)
  1. (Australian) A sheep.
    ::"Along came a to drink at the billabong, ..." — w:Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, w:Banjo Paterson, Banjo Paterson
jammy Tweet Definition of jammy Like Definition of jammy on Facebook
  1. (slang) a gun.
adjective (comparative jammier, superlative jammiest)
  1. Covered in jam.
  2. (colloquial) Of a person, lucky.

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