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[jim-ee] /ˈdʒɪm i/
noun, plural jimmies.
a short crowbar.
a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.
verb (used with object), jimmied, jimmying.
to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy:
The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.
Also, especially British, jemmy.
Origin of jimmy1
1840-50; generic use of Jimmy; cf. jack1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jimmied
Contemporary Examples
  • “The guy,” he said, referring to his friend Gates, forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house.

Historical Examples
  • Fletcher swung the door wide, and pointed to a little compartment inside, whose steel door had been jimmied open.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Kennedy nodded and continued to examine the place where the compartment had been jimmied.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • They jimmied the back door and hauled the stuff off in a truck.

    The Arrow of Fire Roy J. Snell
  • The safe was to be drilled and jimmied instead of being blown, because of the proximity of houses to the bank.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • He jimmied the timer on the rocket motor so it would fire to the last drop.

    Far from Home J.A. Taylor
  • There he jimmied a window with his pocket knife and got it opened, only to have it fall on his neck when he was about half-way in.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
  • Then he pried off the door of the interior compartment which had been jimmied open.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for jimmied


noun, verb (pl) -mies -mies, -mying, -mied
the US word for jemmy


(Central Scot, slang) an informal term of address to a male stranger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jimmied



"burglar's crowbar," 1848, variant of jemmy, name for a type of crowbar much used by burglars, special use of Jemmy, familiar form of proper name James (also see jack).


1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.



1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.

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



A condom: That's right, condom fashions, with small pockets for what kids call jimmys (1990s+ Teenagers)

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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