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jigsaw puzzle a puzzle consisting of a picture or design, mounted on cardboard or wood, that has been cut into many small irregularly shaped and often interlocking pieces which must be put together to reassemble the picture.
jihad a holy war against enemies of Islam, undertaken by Muslims as a duty. [2 definitions]
jilt to break off relations with (a lover, fiancée, or the like) esp. without good cause.
Jim Crow (informal; sometimes l.c.) the systematic practice, historically, of discriminating against or segregating blacks in the United States.
Jim-Crow (informal; sometimes l.c.) favoring or promoting discrimination against or the segregation of blacks in the United States. [2 definitions]
jim-dandy (informal) excellent, pleasing, or of high quality. [2 definitions]
Jimmies trademark for small chocolate sprinkles eaten esp. on ice cream.
jimmy a small crowbar often used by burglars. [2 definitions]
Jimmy Carter U.S. statesman, the 39th U.S. President (1977-1981) and 83rd Governor of Georgia (1971-1975); born James Earl Carter, Jr. (b.1924).
Jimmy McDaniel U.S. tennis player, who, in a match against Don Budge in 1940, was the first African American to play a white champion (b. 1917).
jimson weed a poisonous annual of the nightshade family with foul-smelling leaves, prickly fruit, and trumpet-shaped purplish or white flowers.
jingle to produce a sound as of light metal objects striking against each other repeatedly. [5 definitions]
jingo a person who is boastfully and excessively patriotic, usu. advocating a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinist. [2 definitions]
jingoism aggressive nationalism and patriotism, esp. as directed against foreign countries.
jinn a supernatural being of Muslim legends that can take on the appearance of a person or animal and help or harm people; jinni; genie.
jinni see jinn.
jinriksha a small two-wheeled vehicle of Japanese origin that can carry passengers and be pulled by one or two people; ricksha.
jinx a person, thing, or set of circumstances that is believed to cause bad luck. [2 definitions]
jipijapa a palmlike plant of Central and South America that has long, fanlike leaves used to make Panama hats.
jitney a vehicle that takes passengers to scheduled locations for a small charge.
jitter (pl.) a condition of great nervousness or apprehensiveness (usu. prec. by the). [2 definitions]