[ joo-joo ]
/ ˈdʒu dʒu /


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.

Nearby words

  1. juicehead,
  2. juicer,
  3. juicy,
  4. juiz de fora,
  5. jujitsu,
  6. jujube,
  7. jujuy,
  8. juke,
  9. juke house,
  10. juke joint

Origin of juju

1890–95; allegedly < Hausa jūjū fetish

Related formsju·ju·ism, nounju·ju·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for juju


/ (ˈdʒuːdʒuː) /


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
Derived Formsjujuism, nounjujuist, noun

Word Origin for juju

C19: probably from Hausa djudju evil spirit, fetish

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