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noun, plural jet·ties.
  1. a pier or structure of stones, piles, or the like, projecting into the sea or other body of water to protect a harbor, deflect the current, etc.
  2. a wharf or landing pier.
  3. the piles or wooden structure protecting a pier.
  4. Also jutty. an overhang, as of an upper story beyond a lower.
verb (used with object), jet·tied, jet·ty·ing.
  1. to construct (part of a building) so that it projects beyond lower construction; jutty.

Origin of jetty

1375–1425; late Middle English get(t)ey < Old French jetee, literally, something thrown out, a projection, noun use of jetee, feminine past participle of jeter to throw; see jet1


  1. made of jet.
  2. resembling jet, especially in color; of a deep black.

Origin of jetty

First recorded in 1475–85; jet2 + -y1
Related formsjet·ti·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for jetty

wharf, quay, barrier, landing, breakwater, dock, slip, groin

Examples from the Web for jetty

Contemporary Examples of jetty

Historical Examples of jetty

  • The detective and the officer were on the jetty of Dieppe harbour.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Fenders were lowered, and the sloop slid gently to the jetty side.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • The end of the jetty; and here in one step more the end of life; the end of everything.

  • Under their feet the jetty sounded like a drum in the quiet night.

  • Before we could come up to him he turned about and walked in front of us in the direction of the jetty.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for jetty


noun plural -ties
  1. a structure built from a shore out into the water to direct currents or protect a harbour
  2. a landing pier; dock

Word Origin for jetty

C15: from Old French jetee projecting part, literally: something thrown out, from jeter to throw; see jet 1


  1. of or resembling jet, esp in colour or polish
Derived Formsjettiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jetty

early 15c., from Old French jetee "a jetty, a projecting part of a building," also "a throw," noun use of fem. past participle of jeter "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Notion is of a structure "thrown out" past what surrounds it.

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