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[jef] /dʒɛf/
a male given name, form of Jeffrey. Unabridged
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  • There was a snarl; Jeff had Joe by the throat, and Joe was reaching for his gun.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • There was a brief shifting of eyes toward him, and a grunt from Jeff; that was all.

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  • Take my bridle off the wall, you, Jeff, and throw it at my feet.

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  • The red-headed fellow we call Jeff is better known to the public as Jeff Rankin.

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  • Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.

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British Dictionary definitions for Jeff


verb (transitive) (Austral, slang)
to downsize or close down (an organization)
to reduce (staff numbers) or dismiss (an employee)
to spoil or destroy ruthlessly
Former names kennett
Word Origin
C20: named after Jeff Kennett, former premier of the state of Victoria, Australia
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Word Origin and History for Jeff

shortened or familiar form of masc. proper name Jeffrey; in early to mid-20c., sometimes used by U.S. blacks to indicate a Southern white hick, probably from Jeff Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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