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jemmy

[jem-ee]British
verb (used with object), jem·mied, jem·my·ing.
  1. jimmy1.
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noun, plural jem·mies.
  1. jimmy1.
  2. Slang. an overcoat.
  3. the baked head of a sheep.
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Origin of jemmy

First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for jemmy

Historical Examples

  • This afternoon went with Jemmy to the summit of Yeadie, and took a round of angles.

    Explorations in Australia

    John Forrest

  • "My wig and gown to-day, Jemmy," said Philip, and he went out in his robes as Deemster.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • He made a motion as if to dismiss the man, but Jemmy did not go.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Sweethearting with the miner fellows while Jemmy's been away?

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Foyle had dropped his jemmy and his hand closed over his pistol.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest


British Dictionary definitions for jemmy

jemmy

US jimmy

noun plural -mies
  1. a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows
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verb -mies, -mying or -mied
  1. (tr) to prise (something) open with a jemmy
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Word Origin

C19: from the pet name for James
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Word Origin and History for jemmy

Jemmy

a popular pet form of the masc. proper name James (in Middle English records, Gemme, Jemme are more common than Jimme). In mid-18c. often associated with effeminacy and male fastidiousness. As "a crowbar" from 1811.

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