adjective Slang.

very stimulated and excited, as from coffee or drugs.




any of various portable devices for raising or lifting heavy objects short heights, using various mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic methods.
Also called knave. Cards. a playing card bearing the picture of a soldier or servant.
Electricity. a connecting device in an electrical circuit designed for the insertion of a plug.
(initial capital letter) Informal. fellow; buddy; man (usually used in addressing a stranger): Hey, Jack, which way to Jersey?
Also called jackstone. Games.
  1. one of a set of small metal objects having six prongs, used in the game of jacks.
  2. one of any other set of objects, as pebbles, stones, etc., used in the game of jacks.
  3. jacks,(used with a singular verb)a children's game in which small metal objects, stones, pebbles, or the like, are tossed, caught, and moved on the ground in a number of prescribed ways, usually while bouncing a rubber ball.
any of several carangid fishes, especially of the genus Caranx, as C. hippos (crevalle jack or jack crevalle), of the western Atlantic Ocean.
Slang. money: He won a lot of jack at the races.
Slang: Vulgar. jack shit.
  1. a small flag flown at the jack staff of a ship, bearing a distinctive design usually symbolizing the nationality of the vessel.
  2. Also called jack crosstree.either of a pair of crosstrees at the head of a topgallant mast, used to hold royal shrouds away from the mast.
(initial capital letter) a sailor.
a lumberjack.
a jackass.
a device for turning a spit.
a small wooden rod in the mechanism of a harpsichord, spinet, or virginal that rises when the key is depressed and causes the attached plectrum to strike the string.
Lawn Bowling. a small, usually white bowl or ball used as a mark for the bowlers to aim at.
Also called clock jack. Horology. a mechanical figure that strikes a clock bell.
a premigratory young male salmon.
Theater. brace jack.
Falconry. the male of a kestrel, hobby, or especially of a merlin.

verb (used with object)

to lift or move (something) with or as if with a jack (usually followed by up): to jack a car up to change a flat tire.
Informal. to increase, raise, or accelerate (prices, wages, speed, etc.) (usually followed by up).
Informal. to boost the morale of; encourage (usually followed by up).
Slang. to mess up, ruin, or injure (usually followed by up): The paint job was all jacked up.I jacked my shoulder when I fell.
to jacklight.

verb (used without object)

to jacklight.


Carpentry. having a height or length less than that of most of the others in a structure; cripple: jack rafter; jack truss.

Verb Phrases

jack off, Slang: Vulgar. to masturbate.

Origin of jack

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



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

First recorded in 1930–35; shortening of hijack
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Examples from the Web for jacked

Contemporary Examples of jacked

Historical Examples of jacked

  • The arch forms were moved ahead on iron rails and jacked into place.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • He heard a click, then a hum, as the recorder was jacked into his headset circuit.

    Tight Squeeze

    Dean Charles Ing

  • That there time you jacked me up I was a night in a place down by the river.

    Reginald Cruden

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • They jacked up the rear wheels of the trailer, then started to unload.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • Carefully, he caught a thread in the lapel of his jacked and pulled it free.

    Thin Edge

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for jacked



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




a man or fellow
a sailor
the male of certain animals, esp of the ass or donkey
a mechanical or hydraulic device for exerting a large force, esp to raise a heavy weight such as a motor vehicle
any of several mechanical devices that replace manpower, such as a contrivance for rotating meat on a spit
one of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a young prince; knave
bowls a small usually white bowl at which the players aim with their own bowls
electrical engineering a female socket with two or more terminals designed to receive a male plug (jack plug) that either makes or breaks the circuit or circuits
a flag, esp a small flag flown at the bow of a ship indicating the ship's nationalityCompare Union Jack
nautical either of a pair of crosstrees at the head of a topgallant mast used as standoffs for the royal shrouds
a part of the action of a harpsichord, consisting of a fork-shaped device on the end of a pivoted lever on which a plectrum is mounted
any of various tropical and subtropical carangid fishes, esp those of the genus Caranx, such as C. hippos (crevalle jack)
Also called: jackstone one of the pieces used in the game of jacks
US a slang word for money
every man jack everyone without exception
the jack Australian slang venereal disease


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

verb (tr)

to lift or push (an object) with a jack
electrical engineering to connect (an electronic device) with another by means of a jack and a jack plug
Also: jacklight US and Canadian to hunt (fish or game) by seeking them out or dazzling them with a flashlight
See also jack in, jacks, jack up

Word Origin for jack

C16 jakke, variant of Jankin, diminutive of John





short for jackfruit

Word Origin for jack

C17: from Portuguese jaca; see jackfruit




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
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Word Origin and History for jacked


masc. proper name, 1218, probably an anglicization of Old French Jacques (which was a diminutive of Latin Jacobus; see Jacob), but in English the name always has been associated with Johan, Jan "John," and some have argued that it is a native formation.

Alliterative coupling of Jack and Jill is from 15c. (Ienken and Iulyan). In England, applied familiarly or contemptuously to anybody (especially one of the lower classes) from late 14c. Later used especially of sailors (1650s; Jack-tar is from 1781). In U.S., as a generic name addressed to an unknown stranger, attested from 1889.



late 14c., jakke "a mechanical device," from the masc. name Jack. The proper name was used in Middle English for "any common fellow" (mid-14c.), and thereafter extended to various appliances replacing servants (1570s). Used generically of men (jack-of-all-trades, 1610s), male animals (1620s, see jackass, jackdaw, etc.), and male personifications (1520s, e.g. Jack Frost, 1826).

As the name of a device for pulling off boots, from 1670s. The jack in a pack of playing cards (1670s) is in German Bauer "peasant." Jack shit "nothing at all" is attested by 1968, U.S. slang. The plant jack-in-the-pulpit is attested by 1837. Jack the Ripper was active in London 1888. The jack of Union Jack is a nautical term for "small flag at the bow of a ship" (1630s).



1860, jack up "hoist, raise," American English, from the noun (see jack (n.)). Figurative sense "increase (prices, etc.)" is 1904, American English. Related: Jacked; jacking. Jack off (v.) "to masturbate" is attested from 1916, probably from jack (n.) in the sense of "penis."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with jacked


In addition to the idioms beginning with jack

  • jack off
  • jack up

also see:

  • before you can say Jack Robinson
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