noun, plural jit·neys.
verb (used with or without object), jit·neyed, jit·ney·ing.
Origin of jitney
Examples from the Web for jitney
Been dotty about you ever since you took me for a jitney driver and tipped me a quarter.The Carter Girls' Week-End Camp|Nell Speed
By this time my confidence in the African jitney was somewhat shaken.An African Adventure|Isaac F. Marcosson
Her face was dirty enough to suit Dee's idea of a jitney driver.
Dum had lettered the jitney sign for her the evening before.
"We'll go up to the house in Bernard Coyle's jitney," said Rosemary, leading the way around to the side platform.Rosemary|Josephine Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for jitney
noun US rare
Word Origin for jitney
Word Origin and History for jitney
"bus which carries passengers for a fare," 1915, short for jitney bus (1906), American English, from gitney, said to be slang for any small coin, especially "a nickel," because the buses' fare typically was a nickel, the coin name perhaps via New Orleans from French jeton "coin-sized metal disk, slug, counter," from Old French jeter "to calculate," literally "to throw" (see jet (v.)).
"I'll give a nickel for a kiss,"
Said Cholly to a pretty miss.
"Skiddo," she cried, "you stingy cuss,"
"You're looking for a jitney buss."
["Jitney Jingle," 1915]
The origin and signification of the word was much discussed when the buses first appeared. Some reports say the slang word for "nickel" comes from the bus; most say the reverse, but there does not seem to be much record of jitney in a coin sense before the buses came along (a writer in "The Hub," August 1915, claims to have heard and used it as a small boy in San Francisco, and reported hearsay that "It has been in use there since the days of '49." In some sources it is said to be a St. Louis word, but most credit it to the U.S. West, especially California, though others trace it to "southern negroes, especially in Memphis" ["The Pacific," Feb. 7, 1915].