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jitney

[ jit-nee ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ni /
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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 jetonjetton is a phonetically implausible source

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British Dictionary definitions for jitney

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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