noun, plural jim·mies.

a short crowbar.
a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.

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

to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy: The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.

Also especially British, jemmy.

Origin of jimmy

1840–50; generic use of Jimmy; cf. jack1
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Related Words for jimmying

lever, force, pry, open, crowbar

Examples from the Web for jimmying

Historical Examples of jimmying

  • He was caught before he had succeeded in 'jimmying' the door, so that the letter must have been delivered at the Collins house.

  • Finally, he said, "Do you know what the penalty is for jimmying the Tabulator to influence voting?"

    The House from Nowhere

    Arthur G. Stangland

British Dictionary definitions for jimmying


noun, verb plural -mies or -mies, -mying or -mied

the US word for jemmy



Central Scot slang an informal term of address to a male stranger
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Word Origin and History for jimmying



"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).



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

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