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[joos] /dʒus/
the natural fluid, fluid content, or liquid part that can be extracted from a plant or one of its parts, especially of a fruit:
orange juice.
the liquid part or contents of plant or animal substance.
the natural fluids of an animal body:
gastric juices.
essence, strength, or vitality:
He's still full of the juice of life.
any extracted liquid.
  1. electricity or electric power.
  2. gasoline, fuel oil, etc., used to run an engine.
Slang. alcoholic liquor.
  1. money obtained by extortion.
  2. money loaned at excessive and usually illegal interest rates.
  3. the interest rate itself.
  1. influence in the right or convenient place, especially as exerted for selfish or illegal gain.
  2. gossip or scandal.
verb (used with object), juiced, juicing.
to extract juice from.
verb (used without object), juiced, juicing.
Slang. to drink alcohol heavily:
to go out juicing on Saturday night.
Verb phrases
juice up,
  1. to add more power, energy, or speed to; accelerate.
  2. to make exciting or spectacular:
    They juiced up the movie by adding some battle scenes.
  3. to strengthen; increase the effectiveness of:
    to juice up the nation's economy.
stew in one's own juice. stew1 (def 10).
Origin of juice
1250-1300; Middle English ju(i)s < Old French jus < Latin jūs broth, soup, sauce, juice
Related forms
juiceless, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for juice


any liquid that occurs naturally in or is secreted by plant or animal tissue: the juice of an orange, digestive juices
  1. fuel for an engine, esp petrol
  2. electricity
  3. alcoholic drink
  1. vigour or vitality
  2. essence or fundamental nature
stew in one's own juice, See stew1 (sense 10)
to extract juice from (fruits or vegetables) in order to drink
Derived Forms
juiceless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French jus, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for juice

c.1300, "liquid extract obtained by boiling herbs," from Old French jus "juice, sap, liquid" (13c.), from Latin ius "broth, sauce, juice," from PIE root *yeue- "to blend, mix food" (cf. Sanskrit yus- "broth," Greek zyme "a leaven," Old Church Slavonic jucha "broth, soup," Lithuanian juse "fish soup"). Meaning "liquor" is from 1828; that of "electricity" is first recorded 1896.


1630s, "to suffuse with juice," from juice (n.). Meaning "to enliven" attested by 1964; juiced "drunk" attested by 1946; in reference to steroids, by 2003. Related: Juiced; juicing.

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juice in Medicine

juice (jōōs)

  1. A fluid naturally contained in plant or animal tissue.

  2. A bodily secretion, especially that secreted by the glands of the stomach and intestines.

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Slang definitions & phrases for juice



: a juice dealer/ juice man


  1. Liquor; booze, the SAUCE: liquor much stronger than the present-day juice/ Those people just don't hold the juice (1828+)
  2. Money, esp illegally obtained and used by gamblers, loan sharks, etc: The juice, the C, the commission (1940s+ Underworld)
  3. The interest paid on a usurious loan; vigorish: interest, known in the trade as vigorish, vig, or juice (1940s+ Underworld)
  4. Electricity; current and voltage: Turn on the juice so we can see something (1896+)
  5. Gasoline; motor fuel: If you have a light supply of juice you climb at about 200 mph (1909+)
  6. A fuel additive for cars, esp hot rods; pop (1960s+ Hot rodders & car racing)
  7. Nitroglycerin; soup (1925+)
  8. Influence; clout, pull: ''What's juice?'' ''I guess you'd call it pull. Or clout'' (1935+)
  9. Methadone, often administered in fruit juice (1960s+ Narcotics)
  10. Anabolic steroids: About 60 per cent of the wrestlers he knew during the 1980s used steroids, commonly known as ''juice'' (1980s+)
  11. Authority; power: It was the stuff of cool and ultimate victory. The Redskins have the juice, the Broncos don't/ As one of the oldest gangsters in the neighborhood, Bogard had the credibility, or ''juice,'' to call the shots (Black 1980s+ hip-hop & street talk)


To hit the ball hard and far; slug2: The club starts struggling a bit, so he starts trying to juice the ball (1960s+ Baseball)

Related Terms

bug juice, happy-juice, joy-juice, jungle-juice, limey, moo-juice, torpedo juice

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with juice


In addition to the idiom beginning with juice also see: stew in one's own juice
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