noun (used with a plural verb) Slang.

extreme nervousness; jitters.

Origin of jimjams

1540–50; gradational compound based on jam1. Cf. flimflam, jingle-jangle, etc.
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Examples from the Web for jimjams

Historical Examples of jimjams

  • They give me the jimjams, the willies, and I want to get away.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • Think o' the disgrace o' gettin' the jimjams in a foreign port.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • But to look upon 'em as they appeared in the cars, would 'ave give that consciencious but onsophisticated inspector the jimjams.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • To present it a painter would have to inebriate himself, spill his colors all about the place and wind up with the jimjams.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • Jimjams has just as much chance of winning this race as Mr. Jeremy has of being Archbishop of Canterbury.

British Dictionary definitions for jimjams


pl n

a slang word for delirium tremens
a state of nervous tension, excitement, or anxiety
informal pyjamas

Word Origin for jimjams

C19: whimsical formation based on jam 1
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