[ joo-jit-soo ]
/ dʒuˈdʒɪt su /


Nearby words

  1. jitney,
  2. jitter,
  3. jitterbug,
  4. jitters,
  5. jittery,
  6. jiulong,
  7. jiva,
  8. jivaro,
  9. jivatma,
  10. jive

Also jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joot-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒut-/.


or jiu·jit·su

[ joo-jit-soo ]
/ dʒuˈdʒɪt su /


a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate. The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.

verb (used with object)

to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship: He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.
Also ju·jut·su, jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joo-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒʊ-/.

Compare judo, karate.

Origin of jujitsu

1870–75; < Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to soft (see judo) + -jut(u) technique < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù

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/ (dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː) /


variant spellings of jujitsu


jujutsu or jiujutsu

/ (dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː) /


the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samuraiSee also judo

Word Origin for jujitsu

C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art

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Word Origin and History for jiujitsu



also ju-jitsu, 1875, from Japanese jujutsu, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + jutsu "art, science," from Chinese shu, shut.

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