jake

1
[ jeyk ]
/ dʒeɪk /

adjective Slang.

satisfactory; OK; fine: Everything's jake with me.

Nearby words

  1. jainism,
  2. jaipur,
  3. jajapura,
  4. jak,
  5. jakarta,
  6. jakes,
  7. jakey,
  8. jakob-creutzfeldt disease,
  9. jakob-creutzfeldt syndrome,
  10. jakobson

Origin of jake

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; origin uncertain

jake

2
[ jeyk ]
/ dʒeɪk /

noun Slang.

a homemade or bootleg liquor made from or infused with Jamaica ginger, especially during Prohibition in the U.S.
Also called jake leg, jake-leg paralysis. paralysis caused by drinking this or other liquor made with denatured alcohol.

Origin of jake

2
1925–30, Americanism; apparently alteration of Jamaica (ginger)

Jake

[ jeyk ]
/ dʒeɪk /

noun

a male given name, form of Jacob.
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British Dictionary definitions for jake

jake

/ (dʒeɪk) /

adjective Australian and NZ slang

satisfactory; all right
she's jake everything is under control

Word Origin for jake

probably from the name Jake

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Word Origin and History for jake

Jake

colloquial or familiar abbreviation of the masc. proper name Jacob (q.v.). As the typical name of a rustic lout, from 1854. (Jakey still is the typical name for "an Amishman" among the non-Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch country). Slang meaning "excellent, fine" is from 1914, American English, of unknown origin.

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