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juju

[ joo-joo ]
/ ˈdʒu dʒu /
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noun

an object venerated superstitiously and used as a fetish or amulet in West African spiritual practices.
the magical power attributed to such an object.
Informal. an emanating aura or supernatural force: The charismatic lead singer has serious juju.The team chalked up that string of unfortunate losses to bad juju on the road.

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Origin of juju

First recorded in 1890–95; allegedly from Hausa jūjū “fetish,” from French joujou “toy, plaything”

OTHER WORDS FROM juju

ju·ju·ism, nounju·ju·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for juju

juju
/ (ˈdʒuːdʒuː) /

noun

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 forms of juju

jujuism, nounjujuist, noun

Word Origin for juju

C19: probably from Hausa djudju evil spirit, fetish
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