[ joos ]
See synonyms for: juicejuicedjuicingjuiceless on Thesaurus.com

  1. the natural fluid, fluid content, or liquid part that can be extracted from a plant or one of its parts, especially of a fruit: orange juice.

  2. the liquid part or contents of plant or animal substance.

  1. the natural fluids of an animal body: gastric juices.

  2. essence, strength, or vitality: He's still full of the juice of life.

  3. any extracted liquid.

  4. Slang.

    • electricity or electric power.

    • gasoline, fuel oil, etc., used to run an engine.

  5. Slang.

    • alcoholic liquor.

    • drugs, especially anabolic steroids.

  6. Slang.

    • money obtained by extortion.

    • money loaned at excessive and usually illegal interest rates.

    • the interest rate itself.

  7. Slang.

    • influence in the right or convenient place, especially as exerted for selfish or illegal gain.

    • gossip or scandal.

verb (used with object),juiced, juic·ing.
  1. to extract juice from.

verb (used without object),juiced, juic·ing.
  1. Slang.

    • to drink alcohol heavily (usually followed by up): to go out juicing on Saturday night.

    • to take anabolic steroids or other drugs to improve one’s performance in a sport (usually followed by up).

Verb Phrases
  1. juice up,

    • to add more power, energy, or speed to; accelerate.

    • to make exciting or spectacular: They juiced up the movie by adding some battle scenes.

    • to strengthen; increase the effectiveness of: to juice up the nation's economy.

Idioms about juice

  1. stew in one's own juice. stew1 (def. 10).

Origin of juice

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English ju(i)s, from Old French jus, from Latin jūs “broth, soup, sauce, juice”

Other words from juice

  • juice·less, adjective

Words Nearby juice

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use juice in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for juice


/ (dʒuːs) /

  1. any liquid that occurs naturally in or is secreted by plant or animal tissue: the juice of an orange; digestive juices

  2. informal

    • fuel for an engine, esp petrol

    • electricity

    • alcoholic drink

    • vigour or vitality

    • essence or fundamental nature

  1. stew in one's own juice See stew 1 (def. 10)

  1. to extract juice from (fruits or vegetables) in order to drink

Origin of juice

C13: from Old French jus, from Latin

Derived forms of juice

  • juiceless, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with juice


In addition to the idiom beginning with juice

  • juice up

also see:

  • stew in one's own juice

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.