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[jem-ee] /ˈdʒɛm i/ British
verb (used with object), jemmied, jemmying.
jimmy1 .
noun, plural jemmies.
jimmy1 .
Slang. an overcoat.
the baked head of a sheep.
Origin of jemmy
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • This afternoon went with jemmy to the summit of Yeadie, and took a round of angles.

  • "My wig and gown to-day, jemmy," said Philip, and he went out in his robes as Deemster.

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  • He made a motion as if to dismiss the man, but jemmy did not go.

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  • Sweethearting with the miner fellows while jemmy's been away?

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  • Foyle had dropped his jemmy and his hand closed over his pistol.

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  • "Faix, it's the first time I ever heard o' goin' round by say," said jemmy.

  • In this, as in most other of Barny's opinions, Peter and jemmy coincided.

  • "Why, sure it's not goin' to turn pilot you are," said jemmy, in his simplicity of heart.

  • Wisha, jemmy, agra, there's no knowing what you'll be when you grows up.

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  • That is a large basket for so young a lad as jemmy to carry.

British Dictionary definitions for jemmy


noun (pl) -mies
a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows
verb -mies, -mying, -mied
(transitive) to prise (something) open with a jemmy
Word Origin
C19: from the pet name for James
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Word Origin and History for jemmy


a popular pet form of the masc. proper name James (in Middle English records, Gemme, Jemme are more common than Jimme). In mid-18c. often associated with effeminacy and male fastidiousness. As "a crowbar" from 1811.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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