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 jacks (2 of 5)

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 jacks (3 of 5)

jack

3
[ jak ]
/ dʒæk /

noun


Origin of jack

3
1605–15; < Portuguese jaca < Malayalam cakka

Definition for jacks (4 of 5)

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 jacks (5 of 5)

Jack

[ jak ]
/ dʒæk /

noun

a male given name, form of Jacob or John.

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British Dictionary definitions for jacks (1 of 5)

jacks

/ (dʒæks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) a game in which bone, metal, or plastic pieces (jackstones) are thrown and then picked up in various groups between bounces or throws of a small ballSometimes called: knucklebones

Word Origin for jacks

C19: shortened from jackstones, variant of checkstones pebbles

British Dictionary definitions for jacks (2 of 5)

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 jacks (3 of 5)

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 jacks (4 of 5)

jack

2

jak

/ (dʒæk) /

noun

short for jackfruit

Word Origin for jack

C17: from Portuguese jaca; see jackfruit

British Dictionary definitions for jacks (5 of 5)

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
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Idioms and Phrases with jacks

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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