[ juhst ]
/ dʒʌst /



Nearby words

  1. jus sanguinis,
  2. jus soli,
  3. jusserand,
  4. jusserand, jean jules,
  5. jussive,
  6. just a minute,
  7. just about,
  8. just as,
  9. just as soon,
  10. just deserts


    just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged: My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.

Origin of just

1325–75; Middle English < Latin jūstus righteous, equivalent to jūs law, right + -tus adj. suffix

Can be confusedgist jest just


[ juhst ]
/ dʒʌst /

noun, verb (used without object)

Related formsjust·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for just


adjective (dʒʌst)

adverb (dʒʌst, unstressed dʒəst)

Derived Formsjustly, adverbjustness, noun

Word Origin for just

C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice


The use of just with exactly (it's just exactly what they want) is redundant and should be avoided: it's exactly what they want

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Word Origin and History for just
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with just


In addition to the idioms beginning with just

  • just about
  • just a minute
  • just as
  • just as soon
  • just deserts
  • just folks
  • just for the record
  • just in case
  • just in time
  • just like that
  • just now
  • just one of those things
  • just so
  • just the same
  • just the ticket
  • just what the doctor ordered

also see:

  • all (just) the same
  • get it (you just don't)
  • take it (just so much)

Also see underjustice.

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