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jimmie

[jim-ee]
noun
  1. Usually jimmies. sprinkle(def 10).
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Origin of jimmie

origin uncertain

jimmy1

[jim-ee]
noun, plural jim·mies.
  1. a short crowbar.
  2. a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.
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verb (used with object), jim·mied, jim·my·ing.
  1. to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy: The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.
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Also especially British, jemmy.

Origin of jimmy1

1840–50; generic use of Jimmy; cf. jack1

jimmy2

[jim-ee]
noun, plural jim·mies. Australian Slang.
  1. an immigrant.
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Origin of jimmy2

1835–45; rhyming slang; Jimmy (Grant), for immigrant

Jimmy

or Jim·mie

[jim-ee]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of James.
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Examples from the Web for jimmies

Historical Examples

  • Other Muriels have thus overbalanced the light attentions of other Jimmies.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry

  • With the words he deftly extracted Jimmies handkerchief, and thrust it at Deering.

    Deering of Deal

    Latta Griswold

  • The promise of Jimmies appreciation and powers was to him peculiarly delightful.

    Deering of Deal

    Latta Griswold

  • Jimmies, we didnt mind that; the nearer the better, thats what I said.

  • Jimmies greatest achievements have been in testing and experimenting.

    Famous Flyers

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)


British Dictionary definitions for jimmies

jimmy

noun, verb plural -mies or -mies, -mying or -mied
  1. the US word for jemmy
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Jimmy

noun
  1. Central Scot slang an informal term of address to a male stranger
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Word Origin and History for jimmies

n.

bits of candy as ice cream topping, by 1963, American English.

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jimmy

n.

"burglar's crowbar," 1848, variant of jemmy, name for a type of crowbar much used by burglars, special use of Jemmy, familiar form of proper name James (also see jack).

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jimmy

v.

1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.

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