Jemmy

Jemmy a popular pet form of the masc. proper name JAMES (Cf. James) (in Middle English records, Gemme, Jemme are more common than Jimme). In mid-18c. often associated with effeminacy and male fastidiousness. As "a crowbar" from 1811.

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  • jemmy — (N. Amer. jimmy) ► NOUN (pl. jemmies) ▪ a short crowbar. ► VERB (jemmies, jemmied) informal ▪ force open (a window or door) with a jemmy. ORIGIN familiar form of the given name James …   English terms dictionary

  • Jemmy — Jem my, a. [Cf. {Gim}, and {Gimp}, a.] Spruce. [Slang, Eng.] Smart. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jemmy — Jem my, n. 1. A short crowbar. See {Jimmy}. [Chiefly Brit.] [1913 Webster] 2. A baked sheep s head. [Slang, Eng.] Dickens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jemmy — [jem′ē] n. pl. jemmies [< dim. of JAMES1] Brit. 1. JIMMY 2. a sheep s head used for food …   English World dictionary

  • jemmy — UK [ˈdʒemɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms jemmy : singular jemmy plural jemmies British a long narrow piece of metal that is used to open a lock, window, or door using force Derived word: jemmy UK / US verb transitive Word forms jemmy :… …   English dictionary

  • jemmy — Jimmy Jim my, n.; pl. {Jimmies}. [Cf. {Jemmy}.] A short crowbar used by burglars in breaking open doors. [Written also {jemmy}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jemmy — jem|my [ˈdʒemi] n BrE jimmy AmE plural jemmies [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: From the man s name Jemmy, from James] a short strong metal bar used especially by thieves to break open locked doors, windows etc >jemmy v [T ] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jemmy — noun (plural jemmies) Etymology: from the name Jemmy Date: circa 1811 British jimmy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • jemmy — jem·my || dÊ’emɪ n. type of crowbar, tool used to force open doors or windows (also jimmy) v. open using a crowbar, break in with the help of a jemmy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • jemmy — (also jimmy) noun (plural jemmies) a short crowbar. verb (jemmies, jemmying, jemmied) informal force open with a jemmy. Origin C19: familiar form of the given name James …   English new terms dictionary

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