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jam

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[ jam ]
/ dʒæm /
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verb (used with object), jammed, jam·ming.
verb (used without object), jammed, jam·ming.
noun
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Origin of jam

1
First recorded in 1700–10; apparently imitative; cf. champ1, dam1

Other definitions for jam (2 of 3)

jam2
[ jam ]
/ dʒæm /

noun
a preserve of whole fruit, slightly crushed, boiled with sugar: strawberry jam.

Origin of jam

2
First recorded in 1730–40; perhaps special use of jam1 (in the sense “to bruise or crush by squeezing”)

OTHER WORDS FROM jam

jamlike, jammy, adjective

Other definitions for jam (3 of 3)

Jam.

abbreviation
Jamaica.
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British Dictionary definitions for jam (1 of 3)

jam1
/ (dʒæm) /

verb jams, jamming or jammed
noun

Derived forms of jam

jammer, noun

Word Origin for jam

C18: probably of imitative origin; compare champ 1

British Dictionary definitions for jam (2 of 3)

jam2
/ (dʒæm) /

noun
a preserve containing fruit, which has been boiled with sugar until the mixture sets
slang something desirableyou want jam on it
jam today the principle of living for the moment

Word Origin for jam

C18: perhaps from jam 1 (the act of squeezing)

British Dictionary definitions for jam (3 of 3)

Jam.

abbreviation for
Jamaica
Bible James
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Medical definitions for jam

jam
[ jăm ]

v.
To block, congest, or clog.
To crush or bruise.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with jam

jam

see under get in a bind.

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