[ jel ]
/ dʒɛl /

verb (used without object)

to congeal; become jellylike in consistency.
to become clear, substantial, or definite; crystallize: The plan began to jell once we all met to discuss it.

verb (used with object)

to cause to jell.

Nearby words

  1. jejunum,
  2. jekyll,
  3. jekyll and hyde,
  4. jekyll, dr.,
  5. jelenia góra,
  6. jell-o,
  7. jellaba,
  8. jellicoe,
  9. jellied,
  10. jellies

Origin of jell

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from jelly

Related formshalf-jelled, adjectiveun·jelled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jelling

  • There were also king's garths elsewhere; the one at Jelling has already been mentioned as the residence of Gorm and Thyra.

    Canute the Great|Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • There was juice enough for a kind of jelly which I believe had the peculiarity of never "jelling" properly.

British Dictionary definitions for jelling



/ (dʒɛl) /

verb jells, jelling, jelled, gels, gelling or gelled

to make or become gelatinous; congeal
(intr) to assume definite formhis ideas have jelled


US an informal word for jelly 1

Word Origin for jell

C19: back formation from jelly 1

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Word Origin and History for jelling



1830, American English, probably a back-formation of jelly (v.). Related: Jelled; jelling. Figurative sense is first attested 1908. Middle English had gelen "congeal," but it disappeared 15c.

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