Idioms

    every man jack, everyone without exception: They presented a formidable opposition, every man jack of them.

Origin of jack

1
1350–1400; Middle English jakke, Jakke used in addressing any male, especially a social inferior, variant of Jakken, variant of Jankin, equivalent to Jan John + -kin -kin; extended in sense to anything male, and as a designation for a variety of inanimate objects

Definition for jack (2 of 9)

jack

2
[ jak ]
/ dʒæk /

verb (used with object) Slang.

to steal: Some neighborhood kids jacked her car and took it for a joyride.Hackers jacked my email account in a phishing scam.
to rob: He got jacked on his way home from the club.

Origin of jack

2
First recorded in 1930–35; shortening of hijack

Definition for jack (3 of 9)

jack

3
[ jak ]
/ dʒæk /

noun

Origin of jack

3
1605–15; < Portuguese jaca < Malayalam cakka

Definition for jack (4 of 9)

jack

4
[ jak ]
/ dʒæk /

noun

a defensive coat, usually of leather, worn in medieval times by foot soldiers and others.
a container for liquor, originally of waxed leather coated with tar.

Origin of jack

4
1325–75; Middle English jakke < Middle French jaque(s), jacket, short, plain upper garment, probably after jacques peasant (see Jacquerie)

Definition for jack (5 of 9)

Jack

[ jak ]
/ dʒæk /

noun

a male given name, form of Jacob or John.

Definition for jack (6 of 9)

Lynch

[ linch ]
/ lɪntʃ /

noun

JohnJack, 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79.

Definition for jack (7 of 9)

Schmitt

[ shmit ]
/ ʃmɪt /

noun

Ber·na·dotte Ev·er·ly [bur-nuh-dot ev-er-lee] /ˈbɜr nəˌdɒt ˈɛv ər li/, 1886–1969, U.S. historian.
Harrison (Ha·gan) [hey-guh n] /ˈheɪ gən/, Jack, born 1935, U.S. astronaut, geologist, and politician: U.S. senator 1977–83.

Definition for jack (8 of 9)

Teagarden

[ tee-gahr-dn ]
/ ˈtiˌgɑr dn /

noun

Wel·don John [wel-dn] /ˈwɛl dn/, Jack, 1905–64, U.S. jazz trombonist and singer.

Definition for jack (9 of 9)

Brabham

[ brab-uh m ]
/ ˈbræb əm /

noun

Sir John ArthurJack, 1926–2014, Australian racing-car driver and designer.
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British Dictionary definitions for jack (1 of 7)

jack

1
/ (dʒæk) /

noun

adjective

jack of Australian slang tired or fed up with (something)

verb (tr)

See also jack in, jacks, jack up

Word Origin for jack

C16 jakke, variant of Jankin, diminutive of John

British Dictionary definitions for jack (2 of 7)

jack

2

jak

/ (dʒæk) /

noun

short for jackfruit

Word Origin for jack

C17: from Portuguese jaca; see jackfruit

British Dictionary definitions for jack (3 of 7)

jack

3
/ (dʒæk) /

noun

a short sleeveless coat of armour of the Middle Ages, consisting usually of a canvas base with metal plates
archaic a drinking vessel, often of leather

Word Origin for jack

C14: from Old French jaque, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for jack (4 of 7)

Jack

/ (dʒæk) /

noun

I'm all right, Jack British informal
  1. a remark indicating smug and complacent selfishness
  2. (as modifier)an ``I'm all right, Jack'' attitude

British Dictionary definitions for jack (5 of 7)

Brabham

/ (ˈbræbəm) /

noun

Sir John Arthur, known as Jack . born 1926, Australian motor-racing driver: Formula One world champion 1959, 1960, and 1966

British Dictionary definitions for jack (6 of 7)

lynch

/ (lɪntʃ) /

verb

(tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
Derived Formslyncher, nounlynching, noun

Word Origin for lynch

probably after Charles Lynch (1736–96), Virginia justice of the peace, who presided over extralegal trials of Tories during the American War of Independence

British Dictionary definitions for jack (7 of 7)

Lynch

/ (lɪntʃ) /

noun

David. born 1946, US film director; his work includes the films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), and the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
John, known as Jack Lynch. 1917–99, Irish statesman; prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966–73; 1977–79)
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Idioms and Phrases with jack

jack


In addition to the idioms beginning with jack

  • jack off
  • jack up

also see:

  • before you can say Jack Robinson
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