jitney

[ jit-nee ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ni /

noun, plural jit·neys.

a small bus or car following a regular route along which it picks up and discharges passengers, originally charging each passenger five cents.
Older Slang. a nickel; five-cent piece.

verb (used with or without object), jit·neyed, jit·ney·ing.

to carry or ride in a jitney.

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Origin of jitney

1900–05, Americanism; of obscure origin; French jeton jetton is a phonetically implausible source
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jitney

/ (ˈdʒɪtnɪ) /

noun US rare

a small bus that carries passengers for a low price, originally five cents
slang a nickel; five cents

Word Origin for jitney

C20: of unknown origin
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