1. FrancisLord Jeffrey, 1773–1850, Scottish jurist, editor, and critic.
  2. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “divine peace.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for jeffreys

Historical Examples of jeffreys

  • I care not the ashes of this pipe for Jeffreys or any other of them.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "I shall start for Paris to-night, Jeffreys," he said to this man.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • The news of the attack on General Jeffreys' column had upset the arrangements.

  • Here they found that General Jeffreys, with part of his brigade, had not yet returned.

  • The case was hard for Jeffreys, cruel for the fair messenger.

    A Book About Lawyers

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

British Dictionary definitions for jeffreys


  1. George, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem. ?1645–89, English judge, notorious for his brutality at the "Bloody Assizes" (1685), where those involved in Monmouth's rebellion were tried


  1. Francis, Lord. 1773–1850, Scottish judge and literary critic. As editor of the Edinburgh Review (1803–29), he was noted for the severity of his criticism of the romantic poets, esp Wordsworth
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Word Origin and History for jeffreys


masc. proper name, from Old French Jeufroi, Jefroi, variants of Geuffroi (see Geoffrey).

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