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Nearby words

jumbo, jumbo jet, jumboize, jumbuck, jumna, jump, jump all over someone, jump at, jump bail, jump ball, jump bid

Idioms

Origin of jump

1505–15; compare Danish gumpe to jolt, gimpe to move up and down, Swedish gumpa, Low German gumpen to jump
SYNONYMS FOR jump
1 Jump, leap, vault imply propelling oneself by a muscular effort, either into the air or from one position or place to another. Jump and leap are often used interchangeably, but jump indicates more particularly the springing movement of the feet in leaving the ground or support: to jump up and down. Leap (which formerly also meant to run) indicates the passage, by a springing movement of the legs, from one point or position to another: to leap across a brook. Vault implies leaping, especially with the aid of the hands or some instrument, over or upon something: to vault ( over ) a fence.
Related formsjump·a·ble, adjectivejump·ing·ly, adverbout·jump, verb (used with object)un·jump·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedhop jump skip (see synonym study at the current entry) (see synonym study at skip1)
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British Dictionary definitions for jump at (1 of 2)

jump at


verb

(intr, preposition) to be glad to acceptI would jump at the chance of going

British Dictionary definitions for jump at (2 of 2)

jump

/ (dʒʌmp) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsjumpable, adjectivejumpingly, adverb

Word Origin for jump

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare Swedish gumpa to jump
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

Idioms and Phrases with jump at (1 of 2)

jump at


Also, jump at the chance; jump at the bait. Take prompt advantage of, respond quickly to an opportunity. For example, When Dad said he'd help pay for my vacation, I jumped at the offer, or When the lead singer became ill, Sheila jumped at the chance to replace her, or They offered a large reward, hoping that someone would jump at the bait. [Mid-1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with jump at (2 of 2)

jump


In addition to the idioms beginning with jump

  • jump all over someone
  • jump at
  • jump bail
  • jump down someone's throat
  • jump in
  • jump on
  • jump out of one's skin
  • jump the gun
  • jump the track
  • jump through hoops
  • jump to a conclusion

also see:

  • get the drop (jump) on
  • go fly a kite (jump in the lake)
  • hop, skip and a jump
  • not know which way to jump
  • one jump ahead of
  • skip (jump) bail
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.