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[jeyk] /dʒeɪk/
adjective, Slang.
satisfactory; OK; fine:
Everything's jake with me.
Origin of jake1
First recorded in 1895-1900; origin uncertain


[jeyk] /dʒeɪk/
noun, Slang.
a homemade or bootleg liquor made from or infused with Jamaica ginger, especially during Prohibition in the U.S.
Also called jake leg, jake-leg paralysis. paralysis caused by drinking this or other liquor made with denatured alcohol.
1925-30, Americanism; apparently alteration of Jamaica (ginger)


[jeyk] /dʒeɪk/
a male given name, form of Jacob. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for jake
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  • You go to him, jake, or wait till he sends for you, an' you'll find out all about it.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • jake drew his revolver and fired, but the only effect was fully to alarm her.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • jake now heard on all sides that the Coyotes were getting worse.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • jake cared little about the loss, but was filled with indignation against the thief.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • It was grey, and it looked like this: and even jake knew that that meant Coyote.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
British Dictionary definitions for jake


adjective (Austral & NZ, slang)
satisfactory; all right
she's jake, everything is under control
Word Origin
probably from the name Jake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jake


colloquial or familiar abbreviation of the masc. proper name Jacob (q.v.). As the typical name of a rustic lout, from 1854. (Jakey still is the typical name for "an Amishman" among the non-Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch country). Slang meaning "excellent, fine" is from 1914, American English, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jake



Excellent; very satisfactory; hunky-dory: She said the whole college seemed jake to her


: You never can tell on a day like this, things could be goin' jake one minute, then presto, before you know it you're history

[1914+ Underworld; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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