But when the Chinaman said that he was going to buy a jitney for the miners, poor Hackett had to give in.
He approached the spot where the girl had been left by the jitney driver.
"We'll go up to the house in Bernard Coyle's jitney," said Rosemary, leading the way around to the side platform.
Mr. Gunn stopped his machine and came over to the other jitney.
A jitney stopped for them, and then zoomed out across the field toward the ship.
But we can probably catch a jitney or something from Wilkes-Barre.
Sure enough, their jitney had not gone very far when they saw another jitney coming toward them.
"If he gets in the auto-stage, we might hire a jitney," suggested Fatty.
By this time my confidence in the African jitney was somewhat shaken.
It was a long ten-minute jitney ride from the railway station.
"bus which carries passengers for a fare," 1915, short for jitney bus (1906), American English, from gitney, said to be slang for any small coin, especially "a nickel," because the buses' fare typically was a nickel, the coin name perhaps via New Orleans from French jeton "coin-sized metal disk, slug, counter," from Old French jeter "to calculate," literally "to throw" (see jet (v.)).
"I'll give a nickel for a kiss,"The origin and signification of the word was much discussed when the buses first appeared. Some reports say the slang word for "nickel" comes from the bus; most say the reverse, but there does not seem to be much record of jitney in a coin sense before the buses came along (a writer in "The Hub," August 1915, claims to have heard and used it as a small boy in San Francisco, and reported hearsay that "It has been in use there since the days of '49." In some sources it is said to be a St. Louis word, but most credit it to the U.S. West, especially California, though others trace it to "southern negroes, especially in Memphis" ["The Pacific," Feb. 7, 1915].
Said Cholly to a pretty miss.
"Skiddo," she cried, "you stingy cuss,"
"You're looking for a jitney buss."
["Jitney Jingle," 1915]
Cheap: a jitney dance hall (1916+)
: cracked down today on illegal jitney service
[origin unknown; perhaps fr Yiddish]