- an object venerated superstitiously and used as a fetish or amulet by tribal peoples of West Africa.
- the magical power attributed to such an object.
- a ban or interdiction effected by it.
Origin of juju
Examples from the Web for juju
Good Morning America anchor Juju Chang asked Smart how she had found the courage to testify against her captor Mitchell.Elizabeth Smart on How She Survived Her Kidnapping
March 12, 2011
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and news anchor for Good Morning America .Hope After An Unspeakable Crime
August 27, 2010
Juju Chang, Deborah Roberts and Elizabeth Vargas report, while John Stossel apparently gets the hell outta there.Beyond Ryan Seacrest
December 28, 2008
Answer that it is I, Juju, and you will be speaking the truth.Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo
But who in all the Dogon had ever witnessed such a juju man?Black Man's Burden
Dallas McCord Reynolds
The juju will be angry; he will not let us, he will kill us.
On a little island was a hut, guarded by priests, in which the juju was supposed to live.
They were found buried and covered with blood, some of them having been used amongst the apparatus of their Juju sacrifices.Antique Works of Art from Benin
Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
- an object superstitiously revered by certain W African peoples and used as a charm or fetish
- the power associated with a juju
- a taboo effected by a juju
- any process in which a mystery is exploited to confuse people
Word Origin and History for juju
"marijuana cigarette," 1940, supposedly from reduplicated middle syllable of marijuana.
object of religious veneration among West Africans, 1860, supposedly ultimately from French joujou "toy, plaything."