a male given name, form of Jeffrey. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of jeff

Historical Examples of jeff

  • There was a snarl; Jeff had Joe by the throat, and Joe was reaching for his gun.

  • There was a brief shifting of eyes toward him, and a grunt from Jeff; that was all.

  • Take my bridle off the wall, you, Jeff, and throw it at my feet.

  • The red-headed fellow we call Jeff is better known to the public as Jeff Rankin.

  • Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.

British Dictionary definitions for jeff


verb (tr) Australian slang

to downsize or close down (an organization)
to reduce (staff numbers) or dismiss (an employee)
to spoil or destroy ruthlessly
Former names: kennett

Word Origin for jeff

C20: named after Jeff Kennett, former premier of the state of Victoria, Australia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jeff


shortened or familiar form of masc. proper name Jeffrey; in early to mid-20c., sometimes used by U.S. blacks to indicate a Southern white hick, probably from Jeff Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper