- Slang. an overcoat.
- the baked head of a sheep.
Origin of jemmy
First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for jemmy
This afternoon went with Jemmy to the summit of Yeadie, and took a round of angles.Explorations in Australia
"My wig and gown to-day, Jemmy," said Philip, and he went out in his robes as Deemster.
He made a motion as if to dismiss the man, but Jemmy did not go.
Sweethearting with the miner fellows while Jemmy's been away?
Foyle had dropped his jemmy and his hand closed over his pistol.The Grell Mystery
- a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows
- (tr) to prise (something) open with a jemmy
C19: from the pet name for James
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Word Origin and History for 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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