Jemmy
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]


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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 — 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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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