noun, plural mo·jos, mo·joes.

the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.
an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell.

Nearby words

  1. mojarra,
  2. mojave,
  3. mojave desert,
  4. moji,
  5. mojito,
  6. mokapu,
  7. moke,
  8. mokha,
  9. moki,
  10. mokihi

Origin of mojo

1925–30, Americanism; compare Gullah moco witchcraft, magic, probably akin to Fulani moco'o medicine man (c represents voiced palatal stop) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mojo


noun plural mojos or mojoes US slang

  1. an amulet, charm, or magic spell
  2. (as modifier)ancient mojo spells
the art of casting magic spells
uncanny personal power or influence

Word Origin for mojo

C20: of W African origin

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Word Origin and History for mojo



"magic," 1920s, probably of Creole origin, cf. Gullah moco "witchcraft," Fula moco'o "medicine man."

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