verb (used without object)

to forcibly steal a vehicle from a motorist.

verb (used with object)

to forcibly steal (a vehicle), or to victimize (a driver) in this way.

Origin of carjack

1990-95; blend of car1 + hijack
Related formscar·jack·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for carjack

steal, commandeer, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack

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British Dictionary definitions for carjack



(tr) to attack (a driver in a car) in order to rob the driver or to steal the car for another crime
Derived Formscarjacker, noun

Word Origin for carjack

C20: car + (hi) jack
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