[ jit-nee ]
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noun,plural jit·neys.
  1. a small bus or car following a regular route along which it picks up and discharges passengers, originally charging each passenger five cents.

  2. Older Slang. a nickel; five-cent piece.

verb (used with or without object),jit·neyed, jit·ney·ing.
  1. to carry or ride in a jitney.

Origin of jitney

1900–05, Americanism; of obscure origin; French jetonjetton is a phonetically implausible source

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How to use jitney in a sentence

  • I never enjoyed meeting anyone so much before as that jitney man.

  • Finally the truck halted, and the jitney traveled on a few hundred feet in advance before it, too, had to stop.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • I am starting a jitney-line and am always on hand for my clients.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Dad says I have to be sixteen before I can have a license to drive a jitney.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The jitney struck its bone-shaking gait along the curving street of Endicutt.

    Cursed | George Allan England

British Dictionary definitions for jitney


/ (ˈdʒɪtnɪ) /

nounUS rare
  1. a small bus that carries passengers for a low price, originally five cents

  2. slang a nickel; five cents

Origin of jitney

C20: of unknown origin

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