verb (used with object), jem·mied, jem·my·ing.

noun, plural jem·mies.

Slang. an overcoat.
the baked head of a sheep.

Origin of jemmy

First recorded in 1745–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jemmy

Historical Examples of jemmy

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

  • "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


US jimmy

noun plural -mies

a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows

verb -mies, -mying or -mied

(tr) to prise (something) open with a jemmy

Word Origin for jemmy

C19: from the pet name for James
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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper