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Word Definition
jabberwock nonsense, gibberish
jabot lace frill worn on shirt or dress front
jacent lying flat; sluggish
jacinthe orange colour
jack medieval leather coat worn as armour
jack ship's flag flown from jack-staff at bow of vessel
jackanapes impudent child; conceited fellow
jack-block pulley system for raising topgallant masts
jack-cross-tree single iron cross-tree at head of a topgallant mast
jackstaff short staff at ship's bow from which the jack is hoisted
jackstay iron or wooden bar running along yard of ship to which sails fastened
jackyard spar used to spread the foot of a gaff-topsail
jacobin extremist or radical in politics
jaconet stout cotton cloth
jacquard intricately-woven variegated fabric; loom for making jacquard
jactancy boastfulness, vainglory
jactation throwing; boasting
jactitation a tossing, twitching or jerking of the body; a false claim
jaculation the act of throwing or hurling
jaculiferous having arrow-like prickles
jade pitiful horse; a nag
jaggery coarse and dark sugar
jalouse to suspect; to be jealous of
jalousie outside shutter with slats
jambeau armour worn on the legs
jambiya curved dagger with two edges
jampan an Indian sedan chair
janiform having two faces
janitrix a female janitor
janizary a follower or supporter
janker long pole on wheels for transporting logs
jannock outspoken; honest; outgoing
jansky unit of strength of radio wave emission
japan glossy black varnish or lacquer
japanophilia love or admiration for Japan or the Japanese
jardinière container for displaying flowers
jargonelle early pear
jargoon brilliant pale or colourless zircon
jark seal or insignia on a counterfeit document
jarta term of endearment
jaseran fine chain mail jacket
jaspe cotton or rayon cloth with shaded effect
jasperated mottled; streaked with various colours
jaunce to prance; to cause a horse to prance
jawhole cesspool; sewer entrance
jazzetry poetry read to jazz accompaniment
jebel hill or mountain
jecoral of, like or pertaining to the liver
jectigation wagging, tremulous movement
jejunator one who fasts
jejune lacking interest or significance; dull or insipid; dry; empty
jellygraph old device for copying that used a plate of jelly
jemadar an Indian police or customs officer
jemmy burglar's short crowbar
jennet small Spanish horse
jenneting early type of apple
jentacular of, like or pertaining to breakfast
jeofail official or legal acknowledgement of a mistake
jeremiad prolonged complaint; angry or cautionary harangue; lamentation
jerkinhead truncated gable with a lipped roof
jeroboam large bottle for holding equivalent of 6 ordinary wine bottles
jerque to search for smuggled goods
jersey plain weft-knitted fabric of wool, cotton, nylon or silk
jess ringed strap tied to leg of falcon or hawk
jessamy yellow like a jasmine
jessant in heraldry, overlying
jesserant splinted armour
jesuitical cunning; quibbling
jesuitocracy government by Jesuits
jetavator control surface for deflecting rocket exhaust
jeton stamped metal token used in card-playing or reckoning accounts
jettatura the evil eye
jib small triangular sail extending from the head of the foremast
jibboom spar forming an extension of the bowsprit
jibe to change a ship's course to make the boom shift sides
jiffy unit of time used in computing equal to 1/100 second; any small unit of time
jigamaree a thingamajig; a cunning manoeuvre
jiggermast aftermost mast of a four-masted ship
jiggumbob a thingamabob; a gadget; a whatsit; a gewgaw
jimswinger a frock coat
jink to move quickly with sudden turns and shifts
jinker light horse-drawn passenger carriage
jitney small passenger vehicle
jitterbug jazz dance featuring vigorous acrobatic feats
jive fast dance done to jazz or swing music
jnana knowledge obtained through meditation
jobation tedious scolding
jobbernowl a blockish or stupid head
jobbery the conduct of public business for private gain
jocko a chimpanzee
jockteleg large clasp knife
jocose merry; characterized by joking
jocoserious half in jest; half serious
joculator professional jester or minstrel
joggle tooth or pin to prevent surfaces from slipping
joinder legal uniting or joining
jointure property granted to wife for use after husband's death
joist beam supporting boards of a floor or laths of a ceiling
jolley guide for fixing a pottery mould for plates
jollyboat small boat kept hoisted at ship's stern
jolterhead clumsy oaf; blockhead
jongleur wandering minstrel
jordan a chamberpot
jorum large bowl containing drinks
joss luck, fate
jota fast Spanish folk dance in triple time
jougs iron collar attached to post and put around neck as punishment
jounce to bump or jolt
jovialist a convivial person
jow to ring a bell; a stroke of a bell
juba dance with clapping and leg slapping performed by Southern blacks
jubate maned; having or possessing a mane
jubbah long loose outer garment worn by Muslims
jube ornamental choir-screen
jubilarian one who celebrates a jubilee, especially a priest, monk, or nun
jubilate the third Sunday after Easter
jud mass of coal ready for final removal
judder strong vibration in an aircraft
judicature power of dispensing justice by trial
judogi jacket and trousers worn by practitioner of judo
jug sound of the nightingale
jugate side by side; in pairs; overlapping
juggins a simpleton
juglandaceous of, like or pertaining to walnuts
jugulate to cut the throat of
julep sweetened and often medicated drink
jumar mountaineering clip that grips rope when weight is applied
jumart impossible mythical offspring of a cow and donkey
jumbal thin crisp sweet cake
jumboism admiration for large things
jumelle paired or twinned article; opera-glasses
jumentous like a horse
juncaceous of, like or pertaining to rushes
juntocracy government by a junta
jupon sleeveless jacket worn beneath a hauberk
jural of, like or pertaining to the law
juramentum oath
jurant taking an oath; one who takes an oath
jurat memorandum at end of affidavit showing to whom it was sworn
juratory of, like or pertaining to an oath
jure by law
jurimetrics application of scientific methods to legal problems
jurisconsult legal expert
jurymast mast erected on ship in place of one lost
jus law; legal right
jussive expressing a command
justiciar administrator of justice; supreme judge
jutty projecting part of a wall
juvenal a youth; young bird's plumage
juvenescent becoming youthful
juvenilia works of one's youth; early works of an artist or author
juxtapositive indicating juxtaposition

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