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[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
Also called jasper ware, cameo ware. a fine, hard stoneware introduced c1775 by Wedgwood, stained various colors by metallic oxides, with raised designs in white.
Origin of jasper1
1300-50; Middle English jaspe, jaspre < Middle French; Old French jaspe < Latin iaspis < Greek iáspis < Semitic; compare Arabic yashb


[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun, Older Slang.
a fellow; guy.
1895-1900, Americanism; special use of proper name Jasper


[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
a city in NW Alabama.
a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
a male given name, form of Caspar. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for jasper
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  • And nothing could be more respectful than jasper's manner and conversation.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You can imagine how surprised he was when he stopped and read jasper Jay's sign.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I love you too well to respect you, darling, replied jasper.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • jasper rather approves of a flat, because he says there won't be any rates and taxes.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • jasper rode on in silence for several minutes as if in doubt.

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for jasper


an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
Also called jasper ware. a dense hard stoneware, invented in 1775 by Wedgwood, capable of being stained throughout its substance with metallic oxides and used as background for applied classical decoration
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; related to Assyrian ashpū, Arabic yashb, Hebrew yāshpheh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jasper

precious stone, c.1300, from Anglo-French jaspre, Old French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin iaspidem (nominative iaspis), from Greek iaspis "jasper," via an Oriental language (cf. Hebrew yashpeh, Akkadian yashupu).


masc. proper name, English form of Caspar or of Gaspar, the traditional name of one of the Three Kings. Said by Klein to be of Persian origin and meaning literally "treasure-holder." Used from 1896 for "a rustic simpleton."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jasper in Science
A reddish, brown, or yellow variety of chert. Jasper usually occurs in association with iron ores and contains iron impurities that give it its color.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for jasper



  1. A fellow; man; guy: two jaspers with a grudge
  2. A rustic; hick (1914+)
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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